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Red Hat Linux 9 is out now, and we know you're dying to find out what's inside. We'll take a look at that, and hopefully answer a few of your questions along the way.
First things first. Many of you are probably still wondering why Red Hat jumped from 8.0 to 9 and dropped the .x numbering. Since we now have the Red Hat Enterprise Linux family of products, we have more flexibility in our line. We can now move to integrate stable new technologies without waiting for a full version upgrade. For example, Native Posix Threading Libraries (NPTL) would not have made it into 8.1.
So what's changed from 8.0?
Updated packages include kernel, Xfree86, Gnome, KDE, Evolution, and Mozilla. And the facelift that debuted in 8.0 gets a touch-up. The Bluecurve look and feel and font anti-aliasing seen in 8.0 has been carried further into more applications. The theme istelf has changed and a new cursor has been added.
The menus have been rearranged to prevent duplication, and new tools like graphical Samba server configuration have also been added. Other enhancements include drag and drop printing/cd burning, and a "show desktop" icon.
For those of you who haven't seen 8.0, Red Hat Linux 9 will be a stark contrast to what you've seen from other versions, or have been told to expect from Linux.
There is a control center for quick access to per user settings like themes, font preferences, and PDA syncing. System wide settings have been broken into a smaller subset of specific tools like display, network setup, and user and package management.
Red Hat Linux 9 is perfect for your first foray into Linux, basic home use, or office productivity, and it helps make Linux one shade more accessible for migrating and newbie users.