Red Hat Linux 8.0 Distribution Released
Red Hat Linux 8.0 Is LSB Certified
Mike Angelo -- 30 September 2002 (C)
Red Hat Software released its new, Red Hat Linux 8.0 Linux distribution today. Its predecessor, Red Hat Linux 7.3 was released nearly five months ago on 6 May 2002. Red Hat Linux 8.0 ships with the Linux 2.4.18 kernel.
According to the Red Hat Linux 8.0 Release Notes, The kernel is based on the 2.4.18 with selected bits from the 2.4.19 and the -ac patchset. Red Hat Linux Beta 3 (Null) used the 2.4.19-pre10-ac2 Linux kernel release.
Red Hat placed the third beta of Red Hat Linux 8.0, dubbed Null, on its public FTP servers on 19 August 2002. The first and second Red Hat 8.0 betas had been dubbed Limbo. They were placed on Red Hat's public FTP servers on 3 July 2002 and 29 July respectively.
Red Hat 8.0 already is listed as LSB certified on the official LSB certification register. It was registered as LSB certified on 24 September 2002. On 10 August 2002, Red Hat Linux 7.3 was the third Linux distribution to obtain LSB (Linux Standard Base) certification.
According to the Red Hat Linux 8.0 Press Release and other Red Hat information, 8.0 includes both the GNOME 2.0 and KDE 3.0.3 windows-like desktops. Additionally, Red Hat 8.0 includes a new, Red Hat desktop concoction named Bluecurve.
Bluecurve is Red Hat's own, re-worked combination of the KDE and GNOME desktops, menus, and applications. Red Hat Marketing Manager, Leigh Cantrell Day, characterizes Bluecurve as the new Red Hat look and feel with simplified menus, new icons, themes etc.
According to the Red Hat Linux 8.0 Press Release and other Red Hat information, here are some major components, additions, and upgrades included in Red Hat Linux 8.0.
New graphical configuration tools:
According to the Red Hat Linux 8.0 Release Notes, [t]he Netscape Web browser (TM) has been removed and Red Hat Linux 8.0 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 recently released Mozilla 1.0 and now Red Hat is doing just what it said it was going to do -- drop Netscape. In effect, Mozilla 1.0.1 replaces Netscape in Red Hat Linux 8.0.
A few more interesting items listed in the Red Hat Linux 8.0 Release Notes, that caught our attention are:
For a more complete list of what's new and different, please see the 8.0 release notes. (Link in the Resources section at the end of this article.)
We have not checked Red Hat Linux 8.0 yet. However, here is the meat of the Red Hat Press Release announcing the availability of Red Hat Linux 8.0. Links for more information about Red Hat Linux 8.0 and for downloading Red Hat Linux 8.0 after the Press Release excerpts.