Red Hat Linux

9 GPL (GNU General Public License)    
3.9/5 80
One of the best-known distributions of Linux, now known as RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux)

editor's review





Red Hat Linux is a pioneer operating system based on the Linux kernel and using the highly-acclaimed RPM (Red Hat Package Manager or RPM Package Manager) package management system.

Red Hat Linux 9 is an open source Linux distribution, the last version of the award winning operating system before the project was splitted into the free Fedora Linux project and the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product.

Distributed as installable-only ISO images

Even if the project was discontinued more than a decade ago, in the year 2003, it’s still downloaded by users through our humble website. It is distributed as six CD-size ISO images writable to blank CDs and used only for installing the operating system on a local disk drive.

Boot options

The distribution’s boot prompt is used only as an information screen for new users, letting them know that they can install or upgrade the OS in graphical mode by pressing the Enter key, or via text mode by typing “linux text” and hitting Enter.

It is also possible to rescue a broken system, disable hardware probing, test the integrity of the installation media, add specific drivers, use a different screen resolution, learn more about how to force your video card to work with Red Hat Linux, as well as to add extra boot parameters from the boot menu.

Installation options

This version uses the Anaconda graphical installer, which was initially intended for novice users who wanted to effortlessly install the operating system. Basically, you’ll have to select a language, keyboard layout, configure the mouse, and choose between three pre-defined installation types.

While the Personal Desktop installation method is the best choice for transforming your desktop computer or laptop into an ideal computing environment for home or office use, the Workstation method will also install extra applications for software development and system administration tasks.

As you've probably guessed, the Server installation type will transform any machine into a reliable server with file and print sharing, as well as dedicated Web services. In addition, there’s a Custom installation method that lets users to create a customizable Red Hat Linux installation.

Red Hat Linux was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on November 29th, 2014
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