Linked by Jay Sabol on Fri 4th Oct 2002 00:49 UTC
Red Hat Well, here on OSNews, there has been plenty of discussion about Red Hat 8, what it is, what it isn't, the Bluecurve look and many other features and issues. I ordered Red Hat 8 Personal Edition and decided to see how close Red Hat 8 may be to a distribution that Joe and Jane User could install and use.
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by Spark on Sat 5th Oct 2002 00:19 UTC

JohnG: Glad you liked it. ;) Regarding your questions:
1) Yes, you are safe to delete the RPM's if you don't want to keep them. You might want to keep the kernel RPM so you don't have to rebuild it if you should ever reinstall or install on another machine or give it to a friend, whatever. And you can't remove it as a user anyway. ;)
2) You don't need the "rpm -ivh" command anymore in Red Hat 8, simply doubleclick the RPM. The rpmbuild command is only needed because it's a source RPM that has to be compiled against the specific Red Hat 8 kernel. This is a problem of Linux (the kernel), if it would at least SOMEWHAT binary compatibile for it's driver modules, NVidia could simply offer a RPM download for "Kernel 2.4" or something. It could then list all distributions using this kernel and they would all download the same package. But Linux kernel modules break whenever you compile the kernel with different options, even if it's the exactly same version! So NVidia offers at least 20 different packages only for Red Hat! It's a mess. :/

"1)Mandrake Linux 8.2 supports automount for the cd-rom and floppy. I dont have to go thru extra steps to access either."

Just inserted a CD in Red Hat 8, it placed a CD ROM icon on the desktop (correctly named) and opened a Nautilus window containing the contents of the CD.
To remove it again I had to rightclick the desktop and select "Disks -> CD-ROM", it then ejected the CD. Not very intuitive for a Windows user but I guess that's easy to learn.

"2)Mouse wheels are supported by the installation program."

Still doesn't work. I noticed this too during installation... But "key feature for your office"? ;) There isn't really a place in the installation where using the mousewheel is really usefull anyway (only to scroll the help maybe).
Or do you mean that it didn't setup the mousewheel correctly? This worked great for me after following the hint of the help to choose MS IntelliMouse.

"3)It boots up onto the kde desktop (or your choice of gui) without having to login."

It doesn't do that by default but you can configure it in "System Settings -> Login Screen". I don't enable this though, just because the greeter looks so great. ;)

"xkill icon"

I know it's not the same, but at least for GNOME 2 applications (inside of GNOME 2), you can simply click the close button. If it doesn't respond in a short while it offers you to kill the application. I don't know how well this works with other applications or inside KDE though. But it seems to be a cleaner solution than the xkill icon.

Kady Mae: That's what they do and several other usability people. And so far I didn't have to use the terminal for anything (I do this by choice), only for the short command while installing the not-yet-released NVidia drivers, that's why I wrote this guide. Of course not everything might work perfectly yet but it's obvious that the effords go exactly into this direction.