"Only a few months after the release of Red Hat 8.0, the company
has released a brand-new upgrade, Red Hat 9. We're not sure why Red
Hat was in such a hurry, but the appearance of competitor Mandrake
Linux 9.1 might have had something to do with it. Red Hat's latest
version offers an improved interface and easier installation, but
not many other major changes and no improvement in price. Like its
predecessor, Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional clocks in at a hefty
£152, compared to £48 for Mandrake Linux 9.1 and
£59.99 for SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional. Companies already
committed to Red Hat should upgrade for its interface improvements,
but anyone new to Linux should save a few pounds and try the
lower-cost SuSE or Mandrake distributions instead. As always, if
you're simply curious about Red Hat, you can download the free
version, which gives you everything but technical support.
"Usability improvements dominate this upgrade. Red Hat 9
dramatically improves the OS's display of fonts, something that
Mandrake Linux also does well in its recent 9.1 release. Mandrake's
fonts still look sharper in the OpenOffice productivity suite, but
Red Hat's look better in the Mozilla browser, which has always
caused readability problems in Linux. Red Hat has also greatly
simplified its installation--even over the last version's..."
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