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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Linux Distro ever?, 25 Oct 2002
This review is from: Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal (CD-ROM)
Well it could be if you are not too bothered about mp3 capability or watching encrypted dvd's as without a doubt this is the most proffesional distro I have ever used. It is faultless in every other respect, and Red Hat may be justified in not including any support for these features as there is a lot of bother regarding licence and patents and all users of these formats may well have to pay before much longer anyway. However, there is support for ogg vorbis which is the other alternative to mp3 and this works faultless on the Red Hat system. KDE 3 is a major improvement and Red Hat has used the later version of this so there are no bugs worth mentioning it is superb. I have tried Suse 7.3 (almost perfect) Suse 8.0 (too buggy! first kde3 release 1.0) Suse 8.1 (which I found worse than Suse 8.0 did not detect my printer but 8.0 did!) and I have tried Mandrake and earlier releases of Red Hat but this is definately NO.1 Take my word for it and buy it!! now it even has Open Office 1.0.1 i.e. not the first buggy version either but superb in every way.
Full marks Red Hat YOU HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great OS but RedHat needs to work on it, 27 Nov 2002
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This review is from: Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal (CD-ROM)
The base OS is great but to get this in the home RedHat needs to refine it more. It's just no good packaging this so it doesn't play MP3 files out of the box (really!), struggles with many different kinds of video files and the quality of the CD Burning software is "interesting" to say the least.
The only worth CD Burning took is the one for Gnome and although RedHat seems to prefer Gnome the user ends up in bit of a pickle because most of the software in this distro is for KDE, most of the better apps are for KDE and Gnome certainly doesn't have as good a file manager as Konquerer.
Personally I think it's criminal that RH 8 under KDE hasn't got a decent CD Burner when this version of the distro is what they imagine people will use in the home. Also be careful when installing it as by default most of the development tools are missing: you might not intend ever writing any software but there is still a lot of Linux software available only as source and no cosy RPMs to simplify things.
It's really sad because this distro of Linux is actually superb. It looks great, the GUI interfaces are wonderfully smooth and the underlying technology is rock-solid. With just a few more little tweaks, a tiny bit more effort this will surely become a hugely popular bit of software. It is agonisingly close to beating Microsoft Windows for good in terms of cost, quality and feature-richness and just needs one final push to do it. Even if this distro isn't the giant-killer we've hoped for, RedHat is now showing just how close it is and next couple of releases will I think, bring the potential of Linux to everyone.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Hat Linux 8.0 - Best yet, 31 Oct 2002
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This review is from: Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal (CD-ROM)
There has been a steady improvement in the installation process as well as ease of use. It's still not as easy and intuitive as Microsoft's offerings, but it's getting worryingly close! (Worrying for Bill Gates, that is). You still need to have some technical knowledge to be able to take advantage of it, but the included applications will permit you at, no further cost, to do virtually all the things you can do with Microsoft Office.
It's very stable and secure, and now has more of an XP look and feel. Definitely their best yet.
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