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Linux Journal: Linux Review: Red Hat 7.2

Jan 23, 2002, 18:30 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by JT Traub)

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"One of the few problems I've noticed with up2date occurs if you install third-party replacements for system pieces, such as Ximian Gnome. In such instances, the update utility will report that you have packages to upgrade even when this is not the case. In many of these situations, the Red Hat package is actually a downgrade, since the Red Hat packages are often one or more revisions older than the currently installed packages. Unfortunately, there is currently no way to tell the update utility that you wish to treat those specific packages as newer than the ones provided by Red Hat. In order to make sure they are not downgraded, you must not select these packages during the update process. Due to this issue, if you customize system pieces with third-party replacements, I recommend leaving the automatic update feature turned off.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with Red Hat 7.2. Admittedly, part of this is the fact that I have been a fan of Red Hat and their distributions for a while. This distribution shows that Red Hat continues to improve and streamline their offerings. Apart from my bias, however, it installs cleanly, comes up without any problems, and it simply works. It offers sufficient options that bringing everything I need up and getting it running is possible to do quickly.

I can comfortably recommend Red Hat 7.2 for anyone. To the new person just trying Linux for the first time, it offers a smooth and hassle free installation process. The new user should be up and running in a minimal amount of time with sensible defaults and automatic detection of hardware. For the person of moderate familiarity, it offers choices and options which allows them the customization they might wish while at the same time helping them around hurdles that may arise. Finally, for the experienced user, it offers a robust system and tested packages, as well as allowing them to take complete control of the process when desired or needed."

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