Originally Published: Saturday, 1 April 2000 Author: Philip Olivan
Published to: featured_articles/Featured Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

The Popularity of Red Hat

Red Hat released the latest version of their distribution, Red Hat Linux 6.2, last Monday. Will Red Hat 6.2 change the way we look at Linux? Red Hat was the choice for Linux newbies until Corel released its own Linux distribution.

   Page 1 of 1  

Red Hat released the latest version of their distribution, Red Hat Linux 6.2, last Monday. Will Red Hat 6.2 change the way we look at Linux? Red Hat was the choice for Linux newbies until Corel released its own Linux distribution. I still consider Red Hat to be my favorite distribution, but the 6.2 version of Red Hat Linux has changed from Red Hat 6.1. Red Hat has said that 6.2 has improved from its previous version. Is it really improved for all of us?

Red Hat has said that its X configuration has improved in Red Hat 6.2. But, the current X configuration is far from good, what good can it do for us? Xconfigurator is good enough, as long as it can detect most video cards. The building of drivers for video card is the job of the XFree86 developers. I'm not saying Red Hat isn't good anymore, but Red Hat isn't as popular among us. Let's look at Mandrake. Mandrake 7.0 was released and that lured some Linux users away from Red Hat. I have seen people saying "Mandrake rules!" but what would that mean? Mandrake is derived from Red Hat, and people still don't seem to care.

The Linux community is still growing but will they still use Red Hat? Remember, Red Hat used to be the easiest Linux distribution and everyone's choice. Now, Mandrake and Corel makes easier distributions. Also, it looks to me that Caldera has disappeared but it is still alive. OpenLinux is for business, but how about home? Red Hat's goal is to have Linux ready for home uses. Will Red Hat still be popular among Linux enthusiasts? Linux experts? Linux newbies?

There are plenty of distributions for Linux. There's Mandrake, Red Hat, Corel, Slackware, TurboLinux, and more. What's so good and different about each distribution? Look at what this distribution thing has done. It makes people compare and boast about Linux distributions. Those distributions are supposed to be built to meet our needs, and we should care about that. We shouldn't care about what's better or what sucks. I've heard people saying "Slackware sucks!" What are people trying to say? Are they really putting others down while they're boasting? But, Linux distributions are just Linux. Just Linux, the operating system that's new to the world! Distributions are nothing, just supporters for Linux.

Philip Olivan, crazyphil@linux.com





   Page 1 of 1