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Red Hat Linux 7.2 Standard

by Red Hat
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • 2.4.7 Kernel, Red Hat Q/A tested, very stable
  • Updated GNOME 1.4 and KDE 2.2
  • Includes full version of StarOffice 5.2
  • Apache 1.3.20
  • Increased device support
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Linux
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005RCWC
  • Release Date: 19 Oct 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,322 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Nicely polished and with an improved filesystem, Red Hat Linux 7.2 is the best release to date of the most popular commercial Linux distribution. If you tried an earlier version of Red Hat Linux and found it too rough for you, particularly at installation time, you'll want to give it another try now. This particular version of Red Hat Linux 7.2 is the plain-vanilla edition (as opposed to the more capable Professional edition and the various server products), and is best suited for use on a workstation or as a local-area network (LAN) server on a small network. On the other hand, since the kernel is the same as that of the more costly versions, you can install this product and add the capabilities you need by installing additional software downloaded from the Internet.

The most substantial innovation present in Red Hat Linux 7.2--which is based on the Linux 2.4.7 kernel--is a new filesystem called ext3. An improvement upon the reliable ext2 filesystem that's long been standard in Linux, ext3 is a journaling filesystem. A journaling filesystem keeps notes on what it's doing with data in the filesystem--it logs all of its read and write operations. This decreases filesystem downtime because after a crash, error-checking utilities (like fsck, which must run after an unanticipated shutdown) need not inspect the entire filesystem--they can look just at those regions that were being manipulated at the time of the problem. This saves enormous amounts of time, particularly on large volumes of 50 GB or more.

Another substantial improvement reflected in this version: GRUB, an improved boot loader that replaces the old standard, LILO. (Both bits of software follow the Unix tradition of naming utilities with goofy acronyms: LILO is LInux LOader, while GRUB is GRand Unified Bootloader.) GRUB serves the same purpose as utilities like System Commander, which allow you to select at boot time from among several installed operating systems. Unlike LILO, GRUB allows you to choose to boot pretty much any installed operating system, including FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OS/2, and any version of Microsoft Windows. It's a handy utility to have on a workstation, though you can opt for LILO if you prefer.

Other improvements have more to do with increased hardware support (many more network interface cards and printers are recognised) and general refinements in the user interface (this release uses GNOME 1.4 and KDE 2.2.1). A handful of new utilities make life easier for users and administrators, chief among them the Nautilus file manager. Nautilus does a decent job of displaying local and remote files intuitively--it makes it easy to manage the contents of a File Transport Protocol (FTP) site, for one thing. Another graphical tool makes it easier to manage user privileges. As has always been the case with Red Hat Linux, version 7.2 ships with a load of goodies that includes the Mozilla 0.9.2 browser, the Apache 1.3.20 Web server, and the StarOffice 5.2 office productivity suite. In this boxed product, you get the installation CD-ROMs, the complete source code, a lot of documentation, and a slew of ancillary software. Plus, you get 30 days of online (not telephone) technical support--enough to get you through any installation hassles.

Red Hat Linux 7.2 represents a significant improvement over its predecessors. The ext3 filesystem improves system reliability, and a lot of minor refinements increase the product's quality of "fit and finish". It's a worthwhile upgrade, and a better way than ever to get into Linux for the first time. --David Wall

Manufacturer's Description

Red Hat Linux 7.2 is the basic Linux standard for technical workstations for the experienced Linux user and gives you the device support, security and tools for a technical workstation. It includes the award-winning Red Hat Linux operating system as well as office suites, games, and tools. Contains StarOffice 5.2 (full version), Adobe Acrobat Reader (full version), Yahoo! Messenger for Linux (full version), two Loki game demos - Rune and Kohan - plus many other applications and demos. Red Hat Linux 7.2 also includes a 30-day subscription to Red Hat Network as well as support to help you get started.


  • 2.4.7 Kernel, Red Hat Q/A tested, very stable
  • Improved partitioning and firewall configuration during installation
  • Nautilus file manager for seamless integration of the web
  • New graphical tools for easy system administration
  • improved autodetection of hardware, including USB devices, video and sound cards
  • File system integrity with ext3 journaling file system
  • Updated GNOME 1.4 and KDE 2.2
  • Includes full version of StarOffice 5.2
  • Apache 1.3.20
  • Increased device support

    Content: 7 CDs, more than 2000 packages, 2 printed manuals

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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and powerful 30 Oct 2001
    By A Customer
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    The latest edition of RedHat Linux continues the rapid improvement in Linux distributions. With encyclopaedic hardware detection, a slick installer, and flexible configuration, Red Hat Linux 7.2 is a great update. The inclusion of the latest version of KDE (2.2) and Gnome (1.4) means that the graphical desktop experience is intuitive and beautiful. For those who demand more from their PC than the normal click-happy dumbed down experience provided by other operating systems then this is for you. Add to that the default inclusion of powerful (and indistry standard) development tools, many many applications, and flexible network tools and services.
    Do yourself a favour and try real computing. When computers are not limited by large corporate interests and 'secret' software internals you really can do anything. A must buy for computer users tired of being frustrated with their software.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air... 25 Feb 2002
    Wow! Having used Windows since the very first version, I never realised what i was missing!
    For a start, you get a stable powerful operating system that recognises all your hardware no matter how old your PC is. You will need more than 16MB RAM to get it working, but as well as my main PC, I managed to install it on an AST 486 DX66 with 24MB RAM and a 512MB hard disk! Sure it only runs in text mode, but it makes a great firewall or printer server (Ichose the latter).
    As for my main computer, the only problem I have is running Cubase, as there's no version available for Linux, however Red Hat 7.2 comes with a Windows emaulator called "Wine", which when I get round to setting it up should run Cubase no problem.
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    6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ACE-Redhat VS WinDOZE 30 Nov 2001
    By A Customer
    the os can make your pc up and running in just 30 minutes with only requiring 3 clicks at most the hayes modem are 100% compatible with redhat 7.
    2 it comes with kdevelop 2.0.1 and stable Qt and gcc (c compiler) above all the interface is adoring install the themes default for you and the control panel is designed with muppets in mind worth a buy if you intend to move from windoze espacially from eXtra Punky stuff which will hook your pc and transfer your confidential deatils to MS with out you intention.
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    3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars It sucks 20 Nov 2001
    By A Customer
    I now have six service requests outstanding with Redhat. These include random system freezes, system freezes when a shell window is opended, system freezes when a shell window is resized, Highpoint raid array of 2 disks seen as 2 disks & not 1 during install. IMHO this code was not ready for release & in my configuration, its unusable. Check out the Redhat newsgroups before you buy - I wish I had.
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