By Dave Edwards
RedHat 8.0 is a new major point release of the RedHat Linux distribution. The last
such release, RedHat 7.0, caused a fair amount of controversy when it was
discovered that the included gcc compiler was unable to compile the shipped
Kernel. Once again RedHat has raised the mirth of Linux diehards with this
release by its unification of the Linux desktop and the apparent relegation
of KDE. Some people are calling this the beginning of the end
for Microsoft's domination of the operating system market. A lot of Linux
evangalists have been saying this for a long time. Now the dust has settled,
LinuxLinks.com has decided to take an in-depth look at this release.
We decided to look at the boxed edition of RedHat personal because
that's what RedHat sent us ! What do you get in the package?
RedHat 8.0 Personal consists of
The Personal edition retails at $45. If you want to just get the ISOs
then you can download them from the RedHat site or from linuxiso.org. We
always recommend you buy cheap CDs rather than download ISOs as burn
problems are a frequent source of frustration for the beginner.
RedHat installs most of the packages you would expect. Instead of
trying to include everything like SuSe, RedHat have restricted the
number packages they distribute. Given the popularity of RedHat most
other Linux software can be found on their contrib ftp site or on the
internet itself at rpmfind.net. We believe this is a good thing. Too
many packages creates too many inconsistencies and makes it much harder
for the distributor to keep the whole package working together. There
are some omissions notably a good DVD player (Xine is a good choice) and
an MP3 player: these are not included because of legal reasons which is
disappointing. For the home user, DVD and MP3 playback are oft requested
feature at the LinuxLinks forums. Highlights of the packages that RedHat
Personal installs includes:
So that gives you an idea of the bundle you get. What does it all mean
? How does it fit together and should you buy it ? We'll give our
opinions on the next few pages. So read on...
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Last Updated Saturday, November 02 2002 @ 10:51 AM EST