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Old 12-30-2003, 11:15 AM   #1
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RedHat Linux9-Going Backward ?

Hi ,
I have been using RedHat Linux 7.2.Thoug I couldn't get my modem and sound card working , I think I was very satisfied with that .
But I recently Installed , but I found that it's not that stable as it was in 7.1.
Actually I had 2 versions of the kernel it was nice.

Actually my Xwindows system doesn't seem to working well in RH9.Also tools like sndconfig are not there.(may be I am wrong).
Pls let me know the advantage of having RH9 over RH7.1 expect the new kernel
Thanking you
Old 01-03-2004, 06:01 PM   #2
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It's certainly not true that a higher version number implies a Red Hat distro that's
superior in every respect. I've invariably experienced annoyances with every

Successive versions of Red Hat have, of course, more and more recent versions of
the kernel and all bundled software. Then there are the tools that Red Hat
writes specifically for its own distro, like its installers, and graphical tools to do
system administration.

As far as Red Hat's own tools are concerned I've found the hardware detection
has generally improved. I've found the constantly changing utilities and sys admin
tools a great nuissance. The applet used to do dial up has changed a few times,
in my opinion for the worse.

The gui sysadmin tools were more or less unusable in Red Hat versions up to 6.2.
I found that linuxconf would crash on average about once a minute. This was one
(among many) of the instances of remarkable incompetence and disrespect for users
that has been common in the Linux world. Fortunately, I found these tools had
improved to the point where they were passable in Red Hat 7.x.

For me, Red Hat 8.0 and 9.0 were big dissapointments. The biggest dissapointment
for me personally was Gnome 2.x. Now, Red Hat can't be held entirely accountable
for that, because Gnome is not a Red Hat project (though it contributes).
Nevertheless, the default Red Hat 9.0 setup has Gnome 2.x with a terrible theme
called "bluecurve," significantly reduced functionality, and a failure to carry over
preferences, yet there is no warning at all about any of this anywhere.

Gnome 2.x is a good example of the fact that software doesn't always improve with
successive versions. Gnome 1.4 was pretty bad, but Gnome 2.x is significantly worse.
Now, some of the underlying technology in Gnome 1.4 that was very limited or broken
was improved in Gnome 2. One hopes that that will bear fruit in future versions of
Gnome, but only time will tell.

Upshot: if Red Hat 7.2 is working for you, stick with it for now.
Old 01-04-2004, 01:37 AM   #3
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Hi morelli,
thanks a lot for ur comments.
The reason that caused me to go for RH9 is to get my sound card ALS4000 working.


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