Welcome!

Server Monitoring Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Carmen Gonzalez, Ken Schwaber

Related Topics: Server Monitoring, Linux Containers

Server Monitoring: Article

Red Hat Linux 7.3

Red Hat Linux 7.3

I called my local Staples Store and asked when they were expecting delivery of the New Red Hat Linux 7.3. I was put on hold, as usual, and waited a minute. When a sales representative came on line, I repeated the question, and was placed back on hold. Again, about another minute. Don't they realize how important this is? The sales representative came back on line and told me they don't have it, they're expecting it in, but he couldn't tell me when that would be. I thanked him for his time and promptly hung up. I then went to my computer and went online to http://www.redhat.com. I surfed to the products window, reading about all the goodies and neat stuff that would be included in this distribution. I wanted the Red Hat Linux Professional, but it was little too rich for my blood, so I ordered the Red Hat Personal 7.3. Took about 10 minutes, received a confirmation e-mail and was told it would be here in just two days. I could handle that.

Some of you may be wondering what the big deal is.. Red Hat Linux 7.3 has the new Gnome and KDE 3.0 Desktop Managers; including the new Ximian Evolution e-mail program, which I used in Mandrake 8.1. I was excited to say the least. I had been using Red Hat 7.2 and once in a while I would load Mandrake as well, just to be familiar with it. Mandrake is excellent, I just prefer Red Hat, perhaps because of the Red Hat logo or I just feel more comfortable with it since I have used Red Hat the most out of the three distributions I've tried: SuSE 6.3, Mandrake 8.1, RedHat 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 and now 7.3.

My software arrived two days later. I opened the box, gingerly removing the red covered CD package, the red covered installation manual, my registration number and a little RedHat Network user booklet. I carefully. inserted the installation CD into my Compaq Prosignia's CD-Rom drive. I selected reboot from my RedHat Linux 7.2 load I currently had on. Shutdown, reboot initializing runlevel 5 non-interactive mode. OK, OK, OK it reads off to me.

Wham! Programming tools, graphics tools, MP3 tools, fax, servers, databases, spreadsheets, editors, applications, Internet tools, utility programs, scientific programs, entertainment - you name it, it's there. Personal Star Office 5.2 is also included, as well as Auto Cad programs, 3D programs and many more. Over 4,500 programs above and beyond the Linux OS.

What a deal! I paid $70.00 for the distribution, shipping and handling, direct from Red Hat. Yes, there are many out there selling copies, compilations, and copies of copies, anywhere from $5 to $20, but I wanted to buy a registered CD direct from Red Hat that gave me 30 days of online support. You want to know how much it would cost me in MS, apples to apples? XP: $500.00, XPOffice: $600.00, then you add all the other e-mail, office programs, scientific programs, server programs, plus those high dollar add ons to boot.

I've been running RedHat 7.3 now for about seven days. One big difference in running Linux vs MS is I don't have to shut down in order to refresh my resources. I also don't have to run Scan Disk or DeFrag. Linux doesn't use them because it doesn't need to.

I really like my new RedHat Linux 7.3. For those of you that state Linux is not ready for prime time desktop duty, all I can say is you haven't used any of the later versions of the new distributions. You can even dual boot until you decide for yourself.

More Stories By DK O'Hara

DKO'HARA is an MCP who has studied and implemented the A+, MCSE, Linux, and MSCD certifications. He is versed in many aspects of computing, and has turned his zest for knowledge and abilities in the computing field into a lifetime hobby and occassional freelancing. He has done programming on a volunteer basis for the Armed Forces and Government, and is available on the LBW Discussion Group (www.sys-con.com/linux/) for comments, questions or ideas. You can view his Web site at: www.mediagrafx.com.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The graph represents a network of 1,329 Twitter users whose recent tweets contained "#DevOps", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets, taken from a data set limited to a maximum of 18,000 tweets. The network was obtained from Twitter on Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 23:50 UTC. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 7-hour, 6-minute period from Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 16:29 UTC to Thursday, 10 January 2019 at 23:36 UTC. Additional tweets that were mentioned in this...
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the competition, or worse, just keep up. Each new opportunity, whether embracing machine learning, IoT, or a cloud migration, seems to bring new development, deployment, and management models. The results are more diverse and federated computing models than any time in our history.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Over the course of two days, in addition to insightful conversations and presentations delving into the industry's current pressing challenges, there was considerable buzz about digital transformation and how it is enabling global enterprises to accelerate business growth. Blockchain has been a term that people hear but don't quite understand. The most common myths about blockchain include the assumption that it is private, or that there is only one blockchain, and the idea that blockchain is...
Where many organizations get into trouble, however, is that they try to have a broad and deep knowledge in each of these areas. This is a huge blow to an organization's productivity. By automating or outsourcing some of these pieces, such as databases, infrastructure, and networks, your team can instead focus on development, testing, and deployment. Further, organizations that focus their attention on these areas can eventually move to a test-driven development structure that condenses several l...
The term "digital transformation" (DX) is being used by everyone for just about any company initiative that involves technology, the web, ecommerce, software, or even customer experience. While the term has certainly turned into a buzzword with a lot of hype, the transition to a more connected, digital world is real and comes with real challenges. In his opening keynote, Four Essentials To Become DX Hero Status Now, Jonathan Hoppe, Co-Founder and CTO of Total Uptime Technologies, shared that ...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Never mind that we might not know what the future holds for cryptocurrencies and how much values will fluctuate or even how the process of mining a coin could cost as much as the value of the coin itself - cryptocurrency mining is a hot industry and shows no signs of slowing down. However, energy consumption to mine cryptocurrency is one of the biggest issues facing this industry. Burning huge amounts of electricity isn't incidental to cryptocurrency, it's basically embedded in the core of "mini...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...