Red Hat Linux 7

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2001-10-15 Print this article Print

.2"> Red Hat Linux 7.2

Red Hat Linux continues to provide a well-designed, mainstream Linux distribution for businesses. The company makes some cautious choices on what to include in its kernel, so those wanting a cutting-edge Linux will find that elsewhere.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // New administration tools and integration of system configuration with Nautilus make Red Hat Linux immediately easier to administer for those unfamiliar to the product.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Organizations looking for a conservative, built-to-last distribution they can use for some time will find Red Hat Linux 7.2 a good fit.

PROS: Ext3 file system provides journaling to Red Hat customers for the first time; easy, in-place upgrade to Ext3; includes Gnome 1.4 and KDE 2.2.1 desk-tops; new administration tools for user management, control of running services.

CONS: Supports the up-and-coming ReiserFS file system in the OS but not in the installer; no logical volume management or access control list support; incompatibilities with Ximian Gnome distribution.

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Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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