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ZDNet: Red Hat 7.2: Pain-free Linux

Oct 10, 2001, 14:01 (45 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill O'Brien)

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"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."

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