This just dropped in my mailbox this morning. <grin>

Subject: Announcing a beta release of Red Hat Linux: Roswell
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 08:05:00 -0400
From: Bill Nottingham <notting@redhat.com>
To: redhat-watch-list@redhat.com

It has come to our attention that rumors are floating regarding the appearance of a Red Hat Linux beta release, named ROSWELL. We would like to reassure you that there is nothing of the sort.

No other object has been misidentified as a Red Hat Linux beta release more often than Rawhide. Rawhide was updated just recently. Reporters probably thought they saw something on an FTP site other than Rawhide, but we assure you, it was Rawhide.

Reports cite that this supposed ROSWELL beta included 4 CDs of software, with such things as a 2.4.6 Linux kernel, XFree86 4.1.0, KDE 2.2pre, GNOME 1.4, and journaling file system support, and included support for both x86 and ia64.

Were any such Red Hat Linux beta release to exist, it would not be recommended for use on mission-critical hardware, and any casualties due to data loss, mutation, swamp gas, radiation, or strange glowing lights with such a release would be scoffed at. Any problems or bugs with such a release would most likely be the effect of passing weather balloons. These problems would be reported at:


However, there is no evidence to suggest the actual presence of a ROSWELL beta release. Those who claim otherwise would best not flaunt their naivete by telling anyone that they saw anything other than Rawhide.

Documents pertaining to this supposed beta release are available at:


or check http://www.redhat.com/download/mirror.html for a mirror near you.

For more information on this sighting, send mail to:


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