Severn Beta Gains Laptop Mode

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-08-04

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

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