Linux Takes Another Step Forward
Built around the Linux 2.4 kernel and boasting several new configuration and usability enhancements, Red Hat Inc.'s Red Hat Linux 7.1 packs advances for the corporate server and desktop alike.Built around the Linux 2.4 kernel and boasting several new configuration and usability enhancements, Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Linux 7.1 packs advances for the corporate server and desktop alike. In eWeek Labs tests, we were impressed with Red Hat 7.1s server configuration tools. The BIND tool provided a nice graphical editor that let us create forward and reverse lookup zones, and the Apache configuration editor let us quickly edit what port the Apache Web server used, set up document root directories and enable Secure Sockets Layer support. It was a pleasure to use and a welcome addition because Apache doesnt ship with any administration tools.
Red Hat 7.1 installs more securely out of the box than Version 7.0 did. By default, it installs firewall settings that block incoming IP traffic on ports below 1024 (with the exception of ports used for automatic IP address assignment) plus higher-numbered ports used by Network File System and X Window. We could easily re-enable ports for common server applications if we desired.