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Red Hat Linux 8.0 With GNOME/Nautilus 2.06
After testing out Mandrake, I decided to give Red Hat Linux 8.0 a spin.
Red Hat Linux is, from what I have observed, the more popular of the
Linux distributions. It seems to be geared more towards being a server
OS although it makes a decent desktop OS as well.
Recently there had been quite a bit of talk about the changes Red Hat
made to their desktop. Mostly, from what I could tell, it was about
how they slightly modified their GNOME (default) and the optional KDE desktops
to look and behave more alike. (These screen shots cover only the default
GNOME desktop). For the most part these seem to be minor things like using
the Red Hat logo for the "start" button and rearranging the program menu.
For these screen shots I performed a clean install selecting all of
The file manager used by this desktop is an application called Nautilus.
By default it browses in a single window and can display icons as either
regular icons or as a list.
The panel at the bottom of the screen has common application icons,
a window list, and a clock on the desktop panel, as well as a workspace
switcher for selecting which virtual desktop you want to work in. Like
most other desktops these days it also has a "start" menu.
Disappointingly unlike KDE there is no visual indicator when a program
Red Hat's menu seems to organize the items to give easier access to
advanced configuration and administrative utilities.
The Red Hat window management is fairly typical and also includes a
window shade feature.
Items can be placed on the desktop, however the desktop right-click
context menu does not include options to create objects other than folders.
An annoying thing I noticed is that while CDs appear right on the desktop
there is no immediately obvious way to access the floppy disk drive (Standard
PC disk drive). To access the floppy I had to insert the disk then right-click
on the desktop, select disks, and then select floppy. This placed the floppy
icon on the desktop however it failed to check to see if I had removed
the disk or inserted a new one. To recognize a new disk I had to right
click and "eject" the disk it thought it had, then go through the steps
of re-adding the disk again.
The GNOME desktop is theamable, although only a few themes are included.
Buttons and other widgets or controls can be given different appearances
while continuing to work the same. Open Office draws its own widgets giving
them their own appearance and feel. Mozilla also draws its own widgets
rather than use native ones but it does respect the theme at least in appearance.
This shows the typical Save As box. Also shown is an application with
the funny name of "Mr. Project" (Obviously a spoof of MS Project)
While using Red Hat Linux, I noticed a big flashing exclamation point
on the panel, this is the Red Hat network alert notification tool that
checks for system updates. I hate to say it but It looks like this tool
needs to update itself as the instructions telling you what button to click
do not match the actual button names.
Here are a number of advanced configuration utilities you will find
on the panel menu.
Red Hat by default installs Open Office 1.0 and places icons for it
on the GNOME panel.
It also includes Mozilla, the best web browser on the planet, and Ximian
Evolution, an Outlook-like e-mail program.
Red Hat seems to include many more screen savers by default than Mandrake
Finally, I found this rather interesting. This add/remove program greatly
simplifies loading and removing the packages included with Red Hat Linux.