"It's rare that a mere point release merits more than a
noteworthy blurb, but the release of Red Hat Linux 7.2--just 6
months after the company's last upgrade--is newsworthy. Red Hat has
added significant new flavor to its Linux offering to help solidify
its position as the Linux supplier of choice.
Red Hat has kept its graphical interface for the installation,
and the choice of installation modes (server, workstation, and so
on) has remained the same, but the feel of the process has been
refined. It's the type of change that, unless you've installed
previous versions, you'll probably never notice. Everything just
seems smoother. Heretical as it may sound to some, the installer
has reached the point where--except for a few questions about boot
options, users and passwords, screen resolution, and partition
requirements (if you chose not to let the installer automatically
create optimized partitions for you)--it runs as automatically as
any Windows installer you'll encounter.
...Red Hat 7.2 isn't quite a knife in the heart of Windows yet.
However, we can't help but feel that it will certainly nick a major
artery. The simplified user interface, unified procedures, and
product support go a long way to elevate Linux from the toolbox to
the workplace. It's an upwardly mobile kick in the pants for Linux
and we're happy to see Red Hat do it."