Executive Summary

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-10-14 Print this article Print

: Red Hat Linux 8.0"> Executive Summary: Red Hat Linux 8.0

Usability Fair
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Red Hat Linux 8.0 marks Red Hats first release thats specifically designed for desktop users. With greater attention paid to fit and finish—in the GNOME and KDE desktop environments and the inclusion of several new, easy-to-use graphical configuration utilities—Red Hat makes a strong case for extending its leadership in the Linux community to the desktop.


Red Hat Linux 8.0 is available in $39.95 Personal and $149.95 Professional versions, with the differences between the two amounting to boosted support and documentation. Red Hat Linux is an open-source product, and it may be downloaded and distributed freely as well.

(+) New look and feel for GNOME and KDE improves usability while maintaining interface flexibility; configuration tools, such as those for display settings, make system maintenance much easier than in previous versions.

(-) Many vital, generally Windows-based, applications do not run on Linux; graphical package installer is easy to use but thin on functionality.

  • Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP Professional
  • Apple Computer Inc.s Mac OS X 10.2
  • SuSE Inc.s SuSE Linux 8.0
  • www.redhat.com

    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. JasonÔÇÖs 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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