Warning: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in ..../includes/class_bbcode.php on line 2958

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19

Warning: Function ereg() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 4

Warning: Function split() is deprecated in ..../includes/class_postbit.php(345) : eval()'d code on line 19
Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

Hybrid View

  1. #1

    Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    Red Hat 9 Review
    by Steve 'Ashcrow' Milner

    When I heard about the new Red Hat 9 I was overjoyed: This meant it's time to play with new releases! I quickly implored a friend to get me a copy as soon as he could so I could have my geek void filled. I quickly dumped my Debian Woody installation to test out the new Red Hat and that is where we start ....

    Test Box Specs
    AMD Athlon 1700+ XP
    512 MB Registered DDR RAM
    20 gig 5400 Western Digital HD
    82 gig 7200 IBM HD (Red Hat Installed Here)
    Sound Blaster Live! Sound Card
    ATI Radeon 7200
    Excessive Cooling
    Propaganda Stickers

    Installation
    The installation was painless and simple. If there is one thing that the guys in Raleigh know how to do it's how to create a simple installer! The whole installation took about 20 minutes, but I installed just about everything I could ever want. The only part of the installation that I could see as a problem for average users was the 'Media Check' at the very beginning. Before the actual installation takes place you are asked if you would like to check your media (CD's) to make sure they are error free. While this is a nice feature it would easily confuse an average user who generally just hits next. On the other hand, it isn't as confusing as the partition controller in Windows XP installations. All in all the installation was painless and relatively fast.

    First Impressions
    On the first boot I was met with a short configuration wizard where I was asked to set up a normal user, register with RHN, etc. This took about 1 minute and I was on my way to the actual desktop.



    Following in the tradition of Red Hat 8, Red Hat 9 uses Bluecurve, a unifying theme and glue code for both KDE and GNOME. Personally, I like the look and feel of both GNOME and KDE, but Bluecurve does a good job streamlining the two into one look and feel. Unfortunately for some but helpful for others, Bluecurve resembles a Windows 2000 like interface with a blue background, similar icon setup and start menu and uses True-Type fonts. There is also a big difference in the cursors as Red Hat has livened them up quite a bit.

    Administration
    Too easy! All an administrator must do is click the 'start-here' icon and then 'system-settings' (or whatever needs administration). Each section has an easy to use, straight forward configuration GUI that makes user modification, display changes, print configuration and much more a snap. Hats off to Red Hat for their great work in this area!



    Usage
    Most users just want to be able to read their email, surf the net, and write a report or two without much intrusion from the OS. Red Hat fulfills this requirement with flying colors, though there is a bit still to work on. For instance, when you set you preferences for default applications it doesn't always set them in all areas. I went ahead and set up my default browser to galeon, but there were still some apps the were not set to use the preferences nor did the browser icon in the panel change. I also had to install a separate package to be able to play mp3s (available from xmms.org). While the reason for this is due to patent issues it's still a bit of an irk for someone just switching over. I also had upgrade GAIM (and install dependencies) so that I could use Jabber. The only IM service Red Hat compiles into GAIM is it's default AIM.



    Speed Issues
    One of the areas that Red Hat 9 doesn't deliver on is speed. While it is 'fast enough' it doesn't seem to be able to start the same applications as fast as Debian, Slackware, or even Mandrake could. For instance, when I start something from the panel it 'jumps' up to the screen as wire frame and then about 3 seconds later materializes. The only places that I did see Red Hat 9 being faster was in the Desktop Environment start-up and it's use of Nautilus.

    Main Gripes
    My main problems with this release is it's speed and application set up. In the panel menu there are applications named things like 'Audio Player” or “CD Player” instead of the actual applications names. While this could come in handy for a new user it's also a little redundant seeing that it is categorized by application type anyways. At least they have moved away from some of the super generalizations that were present in release 8 (like 'browser' or 'email').

    Conclusion
    This is yet another quality release from Red Hat. While the company is still trying to find a true medium between new user and guru, they have made huge strides where some other distributions have been stuck.

    Recommended Usage Breakdown
    (1-10 Scale)
    Server:
    RH: 7
    WinXP: 4
    Debian: 9

    Desktop:
    RH: 9
    WinXP: 9
    Debian:7

    Development:
    RH: 9
    WinXP: 5
    Debian: 7

    Multimedia:
    RH: 6
    WinXP: 9
    Debian: 7

    Gaming:
    RH: 7
    WinXP: 8
    Debian: 7

    Am I going to continue using it? Yes! Well, at least until another major distribution has a release!

  2. #2

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    Mandrake 9.1 beats RH in each and every one of those categories: installion and speed being the main 2 IMHO. And not having MP3 support built in for RH is just borderline retarted....I know its easy to get working, but for a new user, loading a MP3 might be one of the first things they wanna do, not search and download a MP3 playing plugin or whatever crap RH has pulled.

    Ive said it at least 228739723 times now, RH = SERVER. Drake = Desktop. LISTEN PEOPLE!!

  3. #3

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    I like Mandrake but I disagree that it beats Red Hat in all categories. I don't thing Mandrake is very good for development ... while it does have all the needed dev packages it doesn't seem to be able to access libraries fast enough. Also, I would not use Mandrake as a server ... it just doesn't cut it in that aspect. Mandrakes real claim to fame is it's user friendliness where it is top notch.

  4. #4

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    9 times out of 10 - if its linux its good.

    thanks ashcrow - nice review!

  5. #5
    Guest

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    doesn't start applications fast... you must be mistaken, that's lighting fast here.

    try installing the prelink package and doing prelink -afmRv.

    not having mp3 support, well that's a legal issues, there's not much they can do about it. They are the biggest linux company out there and thus most likely to get hit first by the lawsuit storm.

    RedHat is the industry leader, RH9 has so much innovation is hurts.

  6. #6

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    Hey ashcrow, I noticed you have a Radeon 7200. Any luck on getting 3d to work? I ask b/c a buddy of mine wants me to dual boot him some linux, and thast the only piece he has Im worried about since Ive heard bad things about ATI in linux, and his is the PCI version.... Any chance he plays UT in linux with that bad boy?

  7. #7

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    [quote author=pbharris link=board=7;threadid=6777;start=0#63495 date=1049688275]
    9 times out of 10 - if its linux its good.

    thanks ashcrow - nice review!
    [/quote]

    Ditto.....Good job Ashcrow!!

  8. #8
    Mentor coltrane's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    1,390

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    Speed is the same issue I had with RH8, i would click on the "start" button, and observe the menu selection roll down, one by one...and I have 400+ megs of RAM!

    Cant wait for Suse

  9. #9

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    [quote author=rick420 link=board=7;threadid=6777;start=0#63507 date=1049727100]
    Hey ashcrow, I noticed you have a Radeon 7200. Any luck on getting 3d to work? I ask b/c a buddy of mine wants me to dual boot him some linux, and thast the only piece he has Im worried about since Ive heard bad things about ATI in linux, and his is the PCI version.... Any chance he plays UT in linux with that bad boy?
    [/quote]

    Yes! It use to be that if you had an ATI card you were out of luck. But since about XFree86 4.1 there has been DRI support for most ATI cards including a unifing radeon DRI module. It should work out of the box if you install Mandrake, Red Hat or SuSE for him.

  10. #10
    Guest

    Re:Ashcrows Red Hat 9 Review

    works fine for me... the radeon that is.

Similar Threads

  1. OS X Panther Review
    By Ashcrow in forum Linux Distros
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-25-2003, 07:24 AM
  2. PowerBook G4: A Review
    By Ashcrow in forum Linux Distros
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-21-2003, 09:22 AM
  3. Red Hat 9 Review
    By Ashcrow in forum General Chat
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-02-2003, 12:20 AM
  4. Mandrake 9.1 review
    By pbharris in forum Linux - General Topics
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 04-09-2003, 06:45 AM
  5. Slackware 9 Review
    By Ashcrow in forum General Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-31-2003, 08:52 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •