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Linux Journal: Constructing Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 3

Mar 10, 2004, 01:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Burke)

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"Many people have little understanding of the behind-the-scenes efforts required to construct an enterprise Linux distribution. The fact that this process largely can be taken for granted is actually a compliment. This article offers a glimpse into the methodology we used to deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 3 (Enterprise Linux v. 3). As you will see, we faced numerous challenges along the way. Then again, if it would have been easy, it wouldn't have been so much fun.

"Throughout this article, the focus is on how the release was put together. This article primarily discusses the development of the kernel used in Enterprise Linux v. 3. The kernel is only a fraction of an overall distribution, the portion that controls the underlying hardware and system resources. The challenges faced by the other teams, with projects such as compiler tools, the installer, hundreds of application packages, documentation and testing, are equally daunting. Each of these items was developed by gifted individuals..."

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