Red Hat 7.0
Version 7 (Guinness) certainly has been one of the most anticipated and
hyped releases of Red Hat. It's been out for a while now and it's time
to see whether all that hype was justified. We'll be reviewing the Red
Hat 7 ftp release here.
The first thing new about the distribution is that there are now two
installation CD's. Red Hat has added a lot of new stuff here namely
OpenSSH and Tripwire for security, Kernel 2.4, Abiword, Xfree86 4.0
and USB support. Is the added software worth it? System administrators
are still likely to go for the latest software release off the net.
Desktop users will like this because there is quite a bit of useful
and more importantly, up-to-date software to work with here.
Coming to the installation. There's not a lot new in the Red Hat 7.0
install. If you've been through a 6.2 install, you've already seen
what the 7.0 install looks and feels like. There are some improvements
though. One new thing in the install is the ability to select both the
GNOME and KDE desktop environments for installation. Red Hat 6.2
allowed you to choose either but not both. X configuration has also
been beefed up and it's much more structured now. You can select which
environment you want to use by default here. Detection of the video
card and monitor seems to work better than in previous releases.
Though our monitor was not in the list, the default values detected
worked just fine. All relevant parameters of the Matrox G200 with 8MB
on our test machine were detected correctly. We also tried an install
on a system with the 810 chipset. Previous releases promised support
but did not deliver. No such problems this time. The chipset was
detected correctly and we were also able to test the configuration
Disk Druid still remains very capable but is nowhere close to
Mandrake's partition tool, which just steamrollers the competition.
We tried a couple of upgrades from Red Hat 6.2 and they worked very
smoothly, and more importantly, without a lot of input from us.
We found that the second CD was not required for the workstation
installs. It is only required for the server, custom installs or the
upgrades. We initially thought that some packages might have been
dropped but a quick check showed that it was a proper and very
complete installation of Red Hat.
An early test release of kernel 2.4 is included. This is really only