Executive Summary

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-07-22 Print this article Print

: Red Hat Linux 7.3.92"> Executive Summary: Red Hat Linux 7.3.92

This beta from Red Hat, code-named Limbo, is significant in that it provides a first look at what will likely become Version 8.0 of the companys industry-leading Linux distribution. Limbos inclusion of OpenOffice, Mozilla, GNOME 2.0, and a host of new and improved graphical system configuration tools may point the way to a greater presence for Red Hat in the desktop computing space.

(+) Ships with the latest open-source desktop software, GCC 3.1, Apache 2.0, and installer and utility software based on GTK2.

(-) Lacks font installer application.

Evaluation Short List

•SuSE Linux Inc.s SuSE Linux 8.0

•MandrakeSofts Mandrake Linux 8.2

•Microsofts Windows XP Professional

•Apple Computer Inc.s Mac OS X

Technical Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at jason_brooks@ziffdavis.com.

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    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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