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Evil3d.net: KRUD Review

Apr 03, 2001, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])

"Ah KRUD. No, that is not some poor slang from '50s TV or an expression of exasperation. KRUD is the acronym for Kevin Red hat Uber Distribution. Yet another Red Hat rip off? Kevin certainly doesn't think so. He originally created it to help himself out during mass installations, and later decided to share it with the rest of the world."

"Obviously, KRUD is based on the ever popular Red Hat distribution with a couple of twists thrown in. Twist number one is that KRUD is a subscription based distribution. Unlike other big boys, KRUD subscribers get a monthly KRUD update mailed to them. Updates include all the original Red Hat errata, security updates for all included packages, as well as new packages and utilities Kevin has dug up. Even when Red Hat runs though a major revision change, KRUD is right there behind them. For example, November's version 20001104 "Texas Flood" 2 CD set came with Red Hat 7.0 as the base, plus over seventy new packages. The previous months edition, 20001001 "It's in that place I put that thing that time," was a single CD containing Red Hat 6.2 as the base...."

"So what kind of stuff does KRUD give the user over Red Hat? First and foremost is security. Kevin got tired of having to download so many security updates after a standard Red Hat installation. The next machine over would need the same updates, and so on and so forth. To fix this, Kevin decided to download the updates once and put them into the installation routine. Great amounts of time were saved using this method. So much so, other people liked the idea and KRUD was born. Therefore, if a security patch becomes available for any KRUD package, it will almost certainly be included on the next month's edition."

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