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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Just spent 40 bucks on RH 8.0 personal based in part on this glowing review. The installer is certainly prettier than Mandrake, but that's not really important. The terminal is well hidden in the menus - the first Linux/FreeBSD distro I've seen that did not have an icon for the terminal in the task-bar at the bottom of the screen. Gasp. Sacrilege!

Installation appeared smooth, my ATAPI/IDE Pacific Digital 24x CD burner was detected and configured as a SCSI device (through scsi emulation). However cdrecord crashes every time I try to burn a CD - the error message says something about scsi input/output error. One time it also locked up the CD burner and I was forced to do a "shutdown -r now" to get the CD out.

I should mention that I have run Mandrake 8.2, 9.0 beta3, 9.0rc3, and 9.0 final on this machine, and cdrecord worked flawlessly in all those distros (though I had a bunch of other problems with LM 9.0 Final), so this is NOT a hardware problem with my system.

I'm disappointed. So much for the "RH 8 is a bulletproof distro for Joe User" theory. It'll be a long time before RH sees any more of my money. For that matter, Mandrake isn't going to get any money from me for LM 9.0 final as I found it the buggiest version of Mandrake Linux I have used. Weird, on the two PC's I tried it on, even LM 9.0 beta 3 was much more stable than LM 9.0 final!

Guess I'll go back to LM 8.2 while I wait for LM 9.1 or 9.2 to (hopefully) fix the bugs in 9.0. And I'll heave another deep sigh for the passing of BeOS, which just worked, every time I installed it on compatible hardware.

-Jules Verne