Red Hat Unveils Red Hat Linux 7.3

Posted by dave on May 6, 2002 12:51 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, NC--May 6, 2002--Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT) today released Red Hat Linux version 7.3, a highly configurable operating system (OS) designed for deployments ranging from games and personal productivity to file, print and web serving. Red Hat Linux 7.3 adds new productivity tools, personal firewall configuration at installation, and video conferencing software to deliver everything individual users, educational institutions and small businesses need for flexible Internet-based computing.

RALEIGH, NC--May 6, 2002--Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT) today released
Red Hat Linux version 7.3, a highly configurable operating system (OS)
designed for deployments ranging from games and personal productivity
to file, print and web serving. Red Hat Linux 7.3 adds new
productivity tools, personal firewall configuration at installation,
and video conferencing software to deliver everything individual
users, educational institutions and small businesses need for flexible
Internet-based computing.

The new version also includes the Linux industry's best support offerings, including Web and telephone access to experts and Red Hat Network, an automated Internet solution for managing Red Hat Linux systems. Nearly five hundred thousand users already leverage Red Hat Network to keep their systems updated and secure.

"Small businesses and enthusiasts are looking for a combination of performance, ease-of-use and value in their technology infrastructure, which is hard to find with today's proprietary operating systems," said Paul Cormier, Executive VP Of Engineering, Red Hat. "Red Hat Linux 7.3 delivers this through a combination of open source software, support and automated remote services for confident Internet-based computing."

New Features Increase Productivity and Flexibility Red Hat Linux 7.3 delivers cutting-edge open source technologies, new features and updated core components that increase productivity and provide the flexibility and usability users demand. Key features include: * Evolution e-mail client and contact manager; * MrProject project management software, * Mozilla Web browser; * GNOME Meeting video conferencing software; * Apache Web server 1.3; * Firewall configuration; * PostgreSQL relational database management system; and KDE 3.0 and GNOME 1.4 desktops.

For complete overview of all Red Hat Linux 7.3 features and benefits, please visit us on the Web at

Rebates, Pricing and Availability Red Hat Linux 7.3 is available at retail on May 15, and orders are currently being taken online at

Red Hat Linux 7.3 Personal for individual users has a MSRP of $59.95, which includes 30 days of Red Hat Network Basic Service and Web-based support.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 Professional for small businesses has an MSRP of $199.95, which adds a systems administrator's CD, 90 days of Red Hat Network Basic Service, 60-day Web-based support and telephone support.

Red Hat is also offering competitive and customer upgrade rebates, including $20 off Red Hat Linux 7.3 Professional and $10 off Red Hat Linux 7.3 Personal.


For download availability, please try the mirror closest to you. The following mirrors have Red Hat Linux 7.3 available (list courtesy Matthias Saou):

North America : - (also http and rsync access) - (also http and rsync access) - - - - - - - (also rsync access) - (also http access) - - - - (also http and rsync access) - - - - - - - - (also http access)

Europe : - - - - - (also http and rsync access) - (also http access) - (also http and rsync access) - - (valid reverse DNS record required) - - - - - - - (also http) - (IPv6-only) - - - - - (also http and rsync access) - - (also http access) - - -

South America : - - (also http access)

Australia : - (also http access) - (also http access, both only from AU/NZ) - (only from AU/NZ) -

Asia : - -

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Red Hat Linux 7.3 Release Notes

Copyright © 2002 by Red Hat, Inc. _________________________________________________________

Table of Contents - Anaconda/Installer Notes - Kernel Notes - Distribution General Notes - Package Reorganization

Anaconda/Installer Notes

Boot Loader

* On an upgrade, anaconda now defaults to upgrading your current boot loader configuration without creating a new one. If you are still using LILO and wish to migrate to using GRUB, you will need to select the creation of a new boot loader configuration when asked during the upgrade process. _________________________________________________________________


* There is a new directive named %include which can be used with kickstart. This allows you to include the contents of other files as a part of your kickstart configuration. These files should either exist in the installer's initial ramdisk (initrd) or be generated dynamically in the %pre section of the kickstart configuration. For more information about anaconda and kickstart configuration, refer to the documentation located at /usr/share/doc/anaconda-7.3/. _________________________________________________________________


* The standalone upgrade mode (typing linux upgrade at the boot prompt) is no longer supported. * Installation from an NFS directory that contains all of the required ISO files is now supported. Additionally, if a file called updates.img exists in the directory from which you install, then it will be used for Anaconda updates. Refer to the file install-methods.txt in the Anaconda RPM package for detailed information on the various ways to install Red Hat Linux, as well as how to apply Anaconda updates. * ISO images now have an md5sum embedded in them. To test the checksum integrity of an ISO image, type linux mediacheck at the installation boot prompt. The installation program will prompt you to insert a CD and select OK to perform the checksum operation. This checksum operation can be performed on any Red Hat Linux CD and in any order. It is strongly recommended to perform this operation on any Red Hat Linux CD that were created from downloaded ISO images. This procedure only works with CD-based installations. * The log file summarizing your installation is now located in /root as /root/install.log instead of /tmp/install.log. Upgrade logs have also been relocated to /root/upgrade.log. _________________________________________________________________

Kernel Notes

Red Hat Linux 7.3 includes the 2.4.18 kernel as well as the following additions and modifications:

* Improved scheduler for lower latency and better SMP performance * Support for 802.11Q (VLAN) * Support for S.M.A.R.T. (TM) and other hard disk drive monitoring technologies; in certain cases, hard disk drives employing these technologies will be able to report failure to users ahead of time * LVM (Logical Volume Management) support * USB 2.0 support * LBA48/ATA133 support for drives > 137GB * Support for Cenatek Rocket Drive solid state disks * Older (pre-IDE era) CD-ROM drives are no longer supported. _________________________________________________________________

Distribution General Notes

* There are observed issues upgrading Red Hat Linux 6.x, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 systems running Ximian GNOME. The issue is caused by version overlap between the official Red Hat Linux RPMs and the Ximian RPMs. Please be aware that this is a configuration unsupported by Red Hat. You have several choices in resolving this issue: 1) You may remove Ximian GNOME from your Red Hat Linux system prior to upgrading Red Hat Linux. 2) You may upgrade Red Hat Linux, and then immediately reinstall Ximian GNOME. 3) You may upgrade Red Hat Linux, and then immediately remove all remaining Ximian RPMs, and replace them with the corresponding Red Hat Linux RPMs. You must resolve the version overlap using one of the above methods. Failure to do so will result in an unstable GNOME configuration. * KDE has been updated to 3.0.0 and includes usability enhancements as well as some new applications and features. Anti-aliased fonts may appear to be non-functioning after the upgrade to KDE 3.0.0. This issue is related to a feature addition: Due to the Qt 3.0 update, it is now possible to use anti-aliased and non-antialiased fonts at the same time in Qt applications. Since the default fonts for the KDE desktop environment are bitmap fonts and therefore can not be anti-aliased, just turning on the enable anti-aliased fonts button in KDE will not modify the look of all applications. To get anti-aliased fonts in menus, window titles, etc., change the fonts for these elements (for example, by replacing Helvetica with Helmet and Courier with Lucidatypewriter). * Red Hat Linux now includes a port of the Debian alternatives system, as a way to support multiple packages providing a particular service. Every binary/file that would be in common between the multiple packages is replaced with a symlink to /etc; this then resolves to the version of that file for the alternative in question. For example: /usr/sbin/sendmail -> /etc/alternatives/mta -> /usr/sbin/sendmail.sendmail These symlinks are added and managed by /usr/sbin/alternatives. See man 8 alternatives for more details Currently, Red Hat Linux offers Sendmail and Postfix as two Mail Transport Agent (MTA) alternatives. For print daemon alternatives, the choices are LPRng and CUPS. Note that the configurations for LPRng and CUPS are completely separate. If you switch from one printing system to another, you will have to reconfigure your printers. Similarly, postfix and sendmail have separate configuration files. * XFree86 has been updated to version 4.2.0. Included in this version is new support for the following graphics chipsets: ATI Radeon 7500 (2D/3D), Radeon 8500 (2D) ATI Radeon Mobility M6/M7 (2D/3D) Intel i830 (2D/3D) Matrox G550 nVidia nForce 3DLabs Permedia 4 Older S3 (non-Savage, non-ViRGE) chipsets NOTE: The nVidia GeForce 4 chipset is not supported by the "nv" driver in XFree86 4.2.0. The XFree86 "vesa" driver, which uses a video card's VESA BIOS to initialize video modes, may work as a temporary workaround until official support is available in a future release. * Mozilla has been updated to 0.9.9. This release includes MathML support, javascript profiling, S/MIME support in mail and news, tabbed browsing, LDAP support in the address book, and a large number of bug fixes. * The Evolution mailer/calendar/contact manager has been added. Evolution includes POP, IMAP, and local mail support, iCalendar support for calendaring and scheduling, and integrated contact management and online tasklists. * MrProject, a project management tool, has been added. MrProject supports planning and tracking projects, including Gantt charts, dependencies, and resource allocations. * The GnomeMeeting video conferencing application has been added. GnomeMeeting is an H.323 compliant videoconferencing tool, which supports H.245 tunneling and also an audio-only mode. * Red Hat Linux now supports both Traditional and Simplified Chinese in addition to support for American English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. * Support for DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RW drives has been included and is available in the dvdrtools package. * Formatting DocBook XML documents using the XSL stylesheet language is now possible. For more information, refer to the xmlto(1) manual page. * The DocBook document type definitions (DTDs) have been merged into one RPM package called docbook-dtds. * The gPhoto2 package has been added to the distribution. gPhoto2 is a software application and interface library for digital cameras. The gPhoto2 package also includes gtKam, a graphical digital camera interface that uses gPhoto2. Kamera, a Konqueror plugin for digital cameras, has been added, as well. The older gphoto application (0.4.3) is deprecated and may be removed in a future release. * The initscripts now disable DMA on IDE CD-ROMs by default. To enable it, make a /etc/sysconfig/harddisk file that contains USE_DMA=1, where is the device of your disk or CD-ROM (such as hdc). * /sbin/service now changes to the root directory before starting or stopping services. There are also changes in the way /sbin/service handles environment variables. For example, if an init script relies on special environment variables (PATH, etc.), the script needs to explicitly set these variables rather than expecting to inherit them. * The bcm5820 package has been replaced with the hwcrypto package. The hwcrypto package also includes support for the AEP 1000 cryptographic accelerator. * The xscanimage program has been deprecated and may be removed in a future release of Red Hat Linux. The xsane program should be used instead. * The rp3 package has been removed; to configure dial-up access use the redhat-config-network package. * The ircii package has been replaced with the epic package. epic is mostly compatible with ircii scripts and includes more features than ircii. * The mkkickstart package has been removed. The ksconfig program should be used instead; you can also edit the /root/anaconda-ks.cfg generated by the installer. * The patchutils package of utilities for manipulating patch files is now included. Patch files are often used in software development. * The autoconf253 and automake15 packages are included, which updates autoconf to version 2.53 and automake to version 1.5 for those who need updated development environments. * The glibc-kernheaders package has been added and will replace the kernel-headers package. * The postgresql package has been updated. To preserve your data, dump the data using the pg_dumpall command before upgrading, then restore the data after the upgrade is complete. Refer to the pg_dumpall(1) man page for more information. * The Red Hat Network Panel Applet is included on GNOME desktop panels by default. This applet allows you to receive Red Hat Network notices and download updates for your Red Hat Linux system. Note that the Red Hat Network Panel Applet does not appear on your GNOME desktop panel if you have upgraded from a previous version of Red Hat Linux. To add this to your panel, choose the following: Main Menu => Applets => Monitors => Red Hat Network Alert Notification Tool _________________________________________________________________

Package Reorganization

The following applications and packages not previously mentioned have been removed from Red Hat Linux 7.3:

* enlightenment * ext2ed * fnlib * gnome-pim * isapnptools * kaffe * libodbc++ * linuxconf * lout * mawk * p2c * ttfm * xmorph * xmailbox * xrn * xsysinfo

The following applications and packages are deprecated and may be removed from a future version of Red Hat Linux:

* Netscape Communicator 4.7 * XFree86 3.3.x * junkbuster

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