RedHat 6.2 beta - Linux operating system

If you really want to get down to the nuts and bolts of the installation process, it can be quite difficult to make the setup program do what you want. As a test, I chose to use "fdisk" (an extremely powerful text-based partition tool) - contrary to the installation program's recommendation - and subsequently had my machine rebooted. Moreover, the X configurator was too "friendly" and, as a result, I could not use it to specify some of the unique values of my video hardware. For this, I had to manually edit the configuration files for X.

I was also surprised at the number of programs which are installed - more than 800 packages in total. Such large distributions can pose system security and maintenance problems: it's hard to stay current if many programs and libraries are simultaneously being developed and changed on a daily basis. Naturally, RedHat's package management tool and up-dates FTP site go a long way to meet this problem, but it still can be overwhelming.

Overall, however, the 6.2 beta suggests that the final release will meet the high standards set by RedHat's users - and RedHat itself - for the distribution. Combined with the already mentioned, newly released system utilities and programs, it will certainly be as popular as RedHat's previous releases.

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Gavin Sherry

PC World

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