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Written: Jul 28, 2001 (Updated Jul 28, 2001)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Highly Customizable, Cost-effective, Ease of Integration, Robust and reliable.
The Bottom Line: Very reliable and robust OS.
RedHat is a distribution of the Linux operating system. Linux is an operating system developed by a team of thousands of volunteers worldwide, led by Linus Torvalds. RedHat is a particular collection of software that runs with Linux which is known for its ease of installation, use, and administration.
The first official release of Linux, version 0.02, was announced by Linus Torvalds on an obscure USENET news group on October 5, 1991. In the eight years since, Linux deployments have grown from one user to an estimated 10 million.
The operating system has become famous because of its technical parts, that is, on the variety of real-world tasks it can accomplish. Some people use Linux as a robust file-and-printer LAN server, others as an Internet Web or mail server, others because they need an advanced desktop operating system. Others like it because of the robust coding that can be done with it. Etc. C, Perl.
RedHat is a very nice flavor of Linux. I would have to say that it is the easist flavor of Linux to install. RedHat makes it very easy for the average newbie to install and run programs or internet services.
RH is a very customizable. If you are running say Gnome or KDE you can really change the look and feel of it. That is the nice thing about RH. You can pretty much do whatever you would like to make it fit your needs.
Most proprietary server operating systems are licensed on a per-user basis, with license costs rising dramatically as the system grows to support an expanding user base. RH pretty much doesnt cost anything. You can download the ISO from various FTP servers and just burn it to a CD. This saves you or your company so much money. Microsoft charges ungodly amounts for there products, and to top it off there not even secure or stable.
Ease of Integration:
For example, RH Linux ships with Samba, which allows Windows workstations to share files with Linux servers, and with Appletalk, which gives the same support for Macintosh systems.
Robust and reliable:
There are hundreds of stories on the Web about RH installations that have been in continuous production, without rebooting, for a year or more. I have built around a dozen DNS boxs using RH 6.2, and I have never had a problem with them. Never have to reboot them, and there always up.
Linux represents a best-of-breed UNIX, that is trusted in mission critical applications, and due to it's open source code has a long term credibility which exceeds many other competitive OS's.
P.S. I could write about RH for days, but I just wanted to keep it short and sweet.
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