Severn Beta Gains Laptop Mode

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-08-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Late last month, Red Hat released the latest beta of its Red Hat Linux distribution, code-named Severn, which is likely to become Red Hat 10 when it's released.

Late last month, Red Hat released the latest beta of its Red Hat Linux distribution, code-named Severn, which is likely to become Red Hat 10 when its released.

Red Hat Linux now supports ACPI, or Advanced Configuration and Power Interface, and a new laptop mode, in which the system batches disk I/O to allow hard drive power-saving features to operate better.

The distribution also now supports a feature called Exec-Shield, which marks portions of the software stack as nonexecutable to bolster system security.

Severn includes a new graphical startup sequence, along with a handful of utilities to make Linux more desktop-friendly. Among these is a tool for changing screen resolutions without having to log out and back in, as was required in previous versions (see screen, above). I was able to lower the screen resolution on my test system, but the tool did not properly adjust my display back to a higher resolution—I had to log out and log back in for that. However, this is a beta release, and I expect this to be fixed in the final release.

Severn can be downloaded for free from one of Red Hats FTP mirrors listed at redhat.com/download/mirror.html.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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