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The GNU Way to Manage Your Money
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Version: 6.0
Mall Price: US$ 74.95

Red Hat Official Linux for Intel

Red Hat Linux 6.0 boasts an incredibly easy install, increased performance, and rock-solid stability.



Our Price:US$74.95
Retail:US$79.95
Mfg:RedHat
Delivery:ST
Class:K
Category:LXDISTRIBM
Key:none
Released:10-MAY-1999
Posted:26-APR-1999
Updated:24-JUN-1999
Version:6.0
Wt.(lb):2.5
Size (in):8"x 9.5"x 2.25"
ISBN:1-888172-27-4
Notes:

Other platforms: You may also be interested in Red Hat Official Linux for Alpha and for SPARC.
Older version: You can read about the older Red Hat Official Linux 5.2 for Intel.

Prerequisites:

  • x86 processor with recommended minimum of 16 MB RAM and 500 MB hard disk space
  • bootable CD-ROM or 3.5" floppy drive
  • most modern Intel compatible PC hardware supported

Extended Information:

Red Hat Linux 6.0 boasts an incredibly easy install, increased performance, and rock-solid stability.

  • RPM technology makes installing or upgrading simple and painless
  • Quality tested by Red Hat Software
  • Easy to Use
Well known as a stable and robust operating system, Red Hat Linux is flexible enough for almost any computing need from a simple workstation to powerful server.

Contents:

  • Red Hat OS with source - 2 CDs
  • Official Red Hat Linux Installation Guide
  • Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide
  • BONUS CD -- Linux Applications CD

When you buy the Official Red Hat Linux 6.0 box set, you will receive 30 days of telephone installation support (or 90 days of installation support via e-mail or fax).

Features:

  • Improved SMP support allows better performance in multi-processor machines.
    • Intel - scales well to 4 CPUs, works on up to 16 CPUs.
    • SPARC32 - scales well to 4 CPUs.
    • SPARC64 - scales well to 12 CPUs, works on up to 64 CPUs.
    • Alpha - works on dual 21264 based machines.

  • The GNOME desktop environment provides a user friendly and intuitive desktop for users.

    • Includes a File Manager, Control Center, and many robust applications.
    • Utilizes GTK+, which provides a robust, mature widget set with a modern appearance.
    • Includes the Enlightenment window manager, which helps create an environment that is right for any working condition.
    • Ease of Use - A standard desktop that has a set of consistent user interface elements leading to shorter learning curves for new users.
    • Internationalization - GNOME has been coded with various locales in mind. The GTK+ widget set supports the X Input Method Extension to allow for international text entry.
    • Language Bindings for Many Programming Languages - The GNOME Application Programming Interface (API) is designed to support many scripting languages as well as compiled languages. Support for C, C++, Perl, Python, Guile, Ada and others already exists and these bindings are constantly being maintained.
    • GNOME Metadata - Metadata provides a system to attach arbitrary information to a file. For example, a developer can customize the icon or even a behavior for a particular file. This can be used to override the global settings that bind actions to MIME-types for files.
    • GNOME Components - GNOME comes with ORBit, a CORBA ORB implementation that allows code reuse, component programming, and scripting within the desktop.
    • GNOME Canvas - The Canvas is a powerful display engine for structured graphics. Applications can use the basic drawing primitives in the canvas to create interactive displays, or define their custom canvas item types for complex displays.

  • Software RAID allows for multiple hard drives to be used in combination for increased performance and reliability.

    Red Hat Linux 6.0 has the following RAID features:

    • Full RAID levels 0, 1, 4, 5, and linear support.
    • Threaded rebuild process.
    • Fully kernel based configuration.
    • Arrays can be moved between Linux boxes without reconstruction.
    • Array reconstruction is "backgrounded" using idle system resources.
    • Hot-swappable drive support.
    • Automatic CPU detection to take advantage of certain CPU optimizations. The various RAID levels are defined as:
      • linear - 2 or more disks are appended end to end.
      • 0 (a.k.a. striping) - 2 or more disks are "interleaved" together.
      • 1 (a.k.a. mirroring) - provides duplication of data to 2 or more disks.
      • 4 - uses a single disk in the array for storing the parity information (not commonly used because parity disk is a bottleneck).
      • 5 - most common type of RAID. Distributes parity information throughout disks in array.

  • New version of glibc, the core system library providing NIS+ support, increased i18n awareness, and POSIX compliance.
  • Now uses the EGCS compiler as the standard compiler for better optimization and improved support for C++. Unlike previous releases, Red Hat Linux 6.0 does not use GCC as a backup compiler.
    New EGCS features include:
    • Vast improvements in the C++ compiler: name spaces are fully supported, massive template improvements (member template classes; template friends; template template parameters; local classes in templates now supported). Also, exception handling is now thread-safe and protected virtual inheritance is supported.
    • Integrated GNU Fortran (g77) compiler and runtime library with improvements.
    • Enhanced platform support (code generation with improved performance on Pentium(R) processors and better support for 64bit operations; SPARC port now includes V8 plus and V9 support as well as performance tuning for Ultra class machines; Alpha port has been tuned for the EV6 processor and has an optimized expansion of memcpy/bzero).
    • Code optimizations and bug fixes; the compiler now has options to prefer optimizing for code space over optimizing for code speed; memory footprint for the compiler has been significantly reduced and the scheduler is tuned to improve performance of generated code.
  • The RPM package technology allows users and administrators to easily upgrade and install software.
    • Disk space checking before installing any package
    • System-wide consistency checks on the entire operation set before execution
    • Advanced symbolic link handling
    • Sysadmins can now specify where to place individual files when installed, and which should be left out of the filesystem.
    • For developers who are building RPM packages, the macro facility has been expanded to permit passing per-platform parameters into the build process.
    • The RPM build process now support build prerequisites.
  • Latest versions of XFree86 for support of all the latest video cards.
    • TrueType Font support
    • Improved hardware compatibility
    • Tighter security
    • X Font Server enabled by default
  • Includes Apache, the worlds most popular web server.
  • Installation is now even easier than before and adds the ability install via HTTP, NIS configuration, and installation to RAID partitions. Improvements fall into three main categories: hardware support, package installation, and installation methods.

    Hardware support

    • Most Symmetric Multi Processor (SMP)-capable motherboards are detected by the installer. A SMP-enabled kernel is installed automatically if a SMP motherboard is detected.
    • Several new RAID controllers are now supported in the Red Hat Linux installer. You are now able to install onto AMI MegaRaid, DAC 960 and Compaq SmartArray controllers.
    • Many drivers have been added to the Red Hat installer, including new Ethernet drivers and improved Adaptec SCSI driver support.

    Package Installation

    • Package scoring in the installer allows the distribution of processor optimized binary packages. During installation, the installer selects the package best suited for your computer. There are kernel packages compiled for i386, Pentium, and Pentium Pro or better processors and the best match will be installed on the system.
    • Invididual package selection has been rewritten in Red Hat Linux 6.0. The individual package selection screen is now in a tree format sorted by group. Easy to use navigation keys allow quick selection or deselection of 600+ packages in Red Hat Linux.
    • The installer now checks the available disk space on the target system before performing any upgrade or installation operations. This prevents errors caused by running out of disk space.

    Installation Methods

    • Installation methods now require only one boot disk. A second disk is only needed if you require PCMCIA support during the installation process. Previously, FTP and hard drive installs required a supplementary disk. Now the installer retrieves the supplementary disk from the FTP server or hard drive image, removing the requirement of two disks.
    • Installations over HTTP are now supported. The installer can retrieve files it needs from a Web server.
  • The 2.2 kernel is included, and includes improved SMP support, more hardware support, and enhanced NFS server for increased performance.
    • Serial Consoles - New on the x86 and Alpha versions. The kernel now echoes all text through a defined serial port. By cleverly attaching a getty to that same serial port, 2 way communications can be achieved over a serial link with the Linux operating system. These configurations are typically known as "headless" machines and have been supported for a long time in the SPARC kernel.
    • Larger memory support - Native support for larger memory on x86 and Alpha. On x86, the memory system will autodetect up to 1G of RAM and through kernel configurations, can be made to support up to 2G of RAM. Alpha will support up to 1G of RAM. On SPARC32, the kernel will support up to 3.5G of RAM and on SPARC64 the kernel will support up to 64G of RAM.
    • Larger swap device support - the Linux 2.2 kernel now supports a single swap partition device size up to 2G. Swap space is used by the virtual memory subsystem as storage for storing pages of memory that are not presently being actively used.
    • General file system improvements
      • large file descriptor support - this allows for a significantly large number of file descriptors to be open at the same time, needed for large data bases.
      • CODA file system support - this is a large, network aware file system that is capable of maintaining coherency of data in a distributed environment as well as offering a much higher level of access security control. CODA also provides transparent caching, server replication and off-line operation.
      • sendfile() support - allows for very fast movement of data within the kernel by redirecting pointers rather than actually copying data between open file descriptors.
    • Networking enhancements
      • traffic shaping - allows a Linux router to control the amount of bandwidth that is used by various network devices and ports.
      • ipchains - new, hierarchal firewall rule-set tool. This is a much improved replacement for ipfwadm.
      • GigEthernet support
      • IPv6 support
    • Generic Alpha kernel - Hardware differences that previously required specific kernels for each unique Alpha architecture have now been combined into a self-detection schema that automatically configures the kernel at boot time.
    • Frame buffer support on x86 and Alpha
      • PC99 spec dictates that VGA modes be deprecated on Intel based hardware. Frame buffer support has been integrated to provide support for machines that will not have VGA support as well as provide accelerated video support in non X modes.
      • SPARC has always used frame buffers, this is only new to x86 and Alpha kernels.
  • New, fully configurable, console group for easier user access to local devices like floppy drives and CD-ROMs.


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