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Red Hat Drops Netscape

Red Hat Linux 7.4/8.0 Gets Closer -- Beta 2 (Limbo) Released

Mike Angelo -- 29 July 2002 (C)


The next Red Hat Linux release is in the works and getting closer. Red Hat placed the second beta of the next Red Hat Linux distribution, Red Hat Linux/x86 7.3.93 (Limbo), on its public FTP servers today. It likely will be called either Red Hat Linux 7.4 or Red Hat Linux 8.0.

Red Hat placed its Red Hat Linux/x86 7.3.92 (Limbo), the first beta of the next Red Hat Linux distribution, on its public FTP servers on 3 July 2002.

Typically, Red Hat Linux is revised twice a year. Red Hat 7.2 was released in October 2001, and Red Hat 7.3 was released 6 May 2002. If history repeats, look for Red Hat Linux 7.4/8.0 around mid-October 2002.

However, it was less than two months from RHAT 7.3 beta 1 until RHAT 7.3 release. So if that history repeats itself, the next Red Hat Linux distribution could be out well before October 2002.

According to the Red Hat Linux 7.3.93 Release Notes, Limbo uses the 2.4.19-pre10-ac2 Linux kernel release. The Netscape Web browser has been removed. Here are a few more of the many changes listed in the Release Notes:

  • GNOME version 2.0 is now included.
  • The Apache HTTP server has been updated to version 2.0
  • GNU Ghostscript has been upgraded to version 7.05.
  • Red Hat Linux 7.3.93 contains . . . [ten] new configuration and system tools.

As we mentioned in our articles Red Hat Linux to Drop Netscape Browser When Mozilla 1.0 Ships and A Red Hat Linux 7.1 Preview: What's Under the Newest Fedora Red Hat was planning to drop Netscape from the Red Hat Linux distribution after the release of Mozilla 1.0.

AOL-Netscape's Mozilla Organization has released Mozilla 1.0 and now Red Hat is doing just what it said it was going to do -- drop Netscape. Look for Mozilla 1.0 or a later version of Mozilla in Limbo.

For a more complete list of what's new and different, please see the Limbo release notes.



Resources



Red Hat Linux 7.3 New Features


Helpful Books


Red Hat Linux 7.3 Bible, Christopher Negus, Wiley, 2002, ISBN: 0-7645-4941-3. $50.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 for Dummies, Chapter 9, Jon "maddog" Hall and Paul Sery, Hungry Minds, 2002, ISBN: 0-7645-1545-4. $30


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