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Look for the next Red Hat Linux distribution soon. Red Hat official spokes-people are keeping mum about it. However, it likely will be called either Red Hat Linux 7.3 or Red Hat Linux 8.0.
Typically, Red Hat Linux is revised twice a year. Red Hat 7.2 was released in October 2001, and Red Hat 7.1 was released 16 April 2001. If history repeats, look for Red Hat Linux 7.3/8.0 around mid-April 2002.
Red Hat Software has released the second beta of its upcoming, Red Hat Linux 7.3/8.0 Linux distribution -- code-named Skipjack-Beta2 . Its predecessor, Red Hat Linux 7.2 is an excellent product.
According to the Skipjack-Beta2 announcement and other Red Hat information, Skipjack-Beta2 has the 2.4.18 Linux kernel and includes GNOME 1.4 (including Evolution), XFree86 4.2.0, and Mozilla 0.9.9.
We have not checked Red Hat Linux Skipjack-Beta2 yet. However, here is the meat of the Red Hat Skipjack-Beta2 announcement. Links for more information about Red Hat Linux 7.2 and for downloading Red Hat Linux 7.2 after the Skipjack-Beta2 announcement.
Subject: Announcing the second public beta of Red Hat Linux: Skipjack
Date: 5 Apr 2002 23:08:35 +0200
It's time for another installment of "As The Packages Churn." In today's episode, the young Cups McDriver continues her quest to wrestle away control of Printers, Ltd. from the powerful L.P.R. Meanwhile a visitor to Skipjack, Alternatives de Debian, tries to mend fences between Hendrik Postfix and Pixie Sendmail. Also Mayor Kernel, still recovering from recent recompiling, tries to bring peace within the Desktop crime syndicate, as the war for control escalates between Keyser Denis Edwards and Gnome Widget.
Can the little town of Skipjack survive if Keyser Denis uses the dragon? What devastation would result from Gnome putting his foot down? And what if the lovely Alternatives can't mend the symbolic links which are so much a part of Hendrik's and Pixie's lives?
All these questions . . . and more . . . are answered in the second public beta of SKIPJACK. Much like the first beta, it's packed with the very latest technology, including:
- the 2.4.18 kernel
- XFree86 4.2.0
- GNOME 1.4, including Evolution
- Mozilla 0.9.9
and much, much more
Red Hat does not recommend the use of beta software on mission critical or production systems. In fact, all of the bits have been specially marked "beta" and your machine will know (hope you don't have stairs in your house.)
If/when you find bugs, please report them at:
Please use the "Red Hat Public Beta" product and the "skipjack-beta2" version.
Also note that upgrades from one beta to another are never supported by Red Hat. In particular, upgrades from the first public beta of Skipjack are known to cause problems, so please perform a fresh installation.
SKIPJACK can be found at a number of places around the world. Specifically:
or, at the following mirrors:
or check http://www.redhat.com/download/mirror.html for a mirror near you.
Learning Red Hat Linux, 2nd Ed., O'Reilly, ISBN 0-596-00071-5. $35
Red Hat Linux 7.2 Bible, Hungry Minds, ISBN 0-7645-3630-3. $50
Red Hat Linux 7.2 Unleashed, SAMs, ISBN 0-672-32282-X. $50