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Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal

by Red Hat
Platform : Linux
37 customer reviews

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Product Description

Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal blends a polished new look with leading-edge technologies to create a rich personal-productivity environment. The Red Hat Bluecurve interface is an easy-to-use, organized desktop that makes finding applications less complicated. Desktop settings are simple to adjust and customize. Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal also includes Ximian Evolution and OpenOffice. With 30 days of installation support and an installation guide, Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal users will be up and running in no time.

The Red Hat Linux installation program now features a tool for selecting package groups. Select the packages that best support your individual workload. Setup Agent offers step-by-step guidance for setting up date and time, sound card testing, registering for Red Hat Network, and installing additional software. Conveniently organized menus make finding applications and tools simple with fewer clicks.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00006LS9B
  • Date first available at September 18, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,450 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TLR on October 19, 2002
Red Hat's 8.0 release has the features to move Linux closer to the mainstream acceptance it has been deserving for years. The old features such as stability, security and more included applications than can be listed in this 1,000 word max review. With the Bluecurve desktop configuration, a uniform look and feel for both Gnome 2 and KDE 3 new users will find desktops similar and should cut down on people getting confused by the choices. Both are still completely customizable, giving long-time users the independence they have always enjoyed. Installation can be either a simple point and click to accept the defaults, or customizable down to individual packages. There is a lot of discussion about Red Hat removing support for the MP3 format, support can be added by simply downloading a module and installing it, but, in my opinion that is a bit like trying to get your DVD player to play the old Laser Disks, the included OGG format offer better compression and sound quality. I first upgraded my development server from RH 7.3, I was then so impressed that I just finished upgrading all of my companies machines. This review was written on a Dell Inspiron 4100 running RH 8.0
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ragnar Danneskjöld on October 23, 2002
The difference in operability between 8.0 and it's predecessors to me is astounding. Installation was flawless, just like Windows. The desktop is even smoother than it was under my version of 7.2 and 7.3.
Believe it or not, even my USB interface digital camera now works under Linux.
Performance is smooth, even though I'm running it on my slowest computer, a P-II/450 with 128 MB.
All we need now are some more applications. I'd even welcome some commercial software written. This is a much better deal than paying for Lindows with the false promise of being able to use your Windows applications.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Safedin Kajoshaj on September 27, 2002
With each new release Redhat continues to impress. Now, with an increased interest in the desktop, Redhat has it's strongest release to date. New config tools, along with a streamlined desktop make this a good choice for all those new to linux. While on the other hand, the inclusion of the latest version of most developemt and server apps create a distro for the experience user among us.
So basically, if you haven't tried linux before or if you swear by it, this is certainly something you might want to pick up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2002
Don't listen to the last guy. All you have to do is reboot your computer with disk #1 in your cd-rom drive. This gets the RH setup running. BTW, setup in RH8.0 is a breeze. It is actually quicker to setup RH8.0 than any recent version of windows (win98-winXP).
Linux is increasingly adding functionality making it easier to use. The new Gnome2 window manager is very easy to navigate the desktop, especially by Linux standards. There's software that come with RH8.0 for using digital cameras, scanners, etc. The only thing that bothers me about Linux is the difficulty of setting it up to watch DVD's if you have an nVidia graphics card. Also, there is a little program you'll have to download to enable Linux's media player, XMMS, to play MP3s, but that's not a big deal at all.
If you are a programmer, Linux is still the best OS, but I doubt the hardcore Linux power users will like RH8.0 since RH8.0 seems to be made for the new and inexperienced Linux users. It is a good effort by Red Hat to make a distribution of Linux that most people can setup and use, quickly and easily.
p.s. One other area of concern for many potential Linux users is partitioning the hard drive (if you want windows and linux on the same computer). Just defrag windows and shrink the windows partition with disk druid in the RH8.0 setup. It works just fine 99.9999% of the time. Partition Magic is even easier to use if you really want to spend the money.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Jones on February 6, 2003
Let me qualify my remarks by stating up front that I am not a linux guru by any stretch of the imagination and know nothing about programming. I'm a network engineer with a Cisco background. In August 2002 I installed Red Hat 7.3; no sooner had I done so when 8.0 came out and I promptly migrated (It's inexpensive enough for me to afford the "latest and greatest"). Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed running Linux on my desktop at home. In early January 2003, I began using Red Hat almost exclusively (I have to keep Win2k around to be able to open Visio diagrams).
OpenOffice has handled every single Microsift file that I have given it (with the exception of the aforementioned Visio diagrams); surprisingly, two days ago, I even opened a PowerPoint presentation in Impress. I'm told that if you write/run complex macros in Excel, OpenOffice Calc won't handle some of those, but that doesn't apply to me as my usage typically includes creating hardware & services quotes for customers.
As most reviewers have mentioned, 8.0 doesn't come with support for the mp3 file format. However, even as new as I am, it didn't take long at all to figure out that anything I need is on the internet at FreshRPMs dot net, RPMfind dot net, and other places. the mp3 plugin for xmms is a no-brainer to install, as is Ogle, the dvd player. The other change that I made was to upgrade to Evolution version 1.2 from the native 1.0 (I had some printing problems with Evolution 1.0). Having Red Hat 8.0 allows me to "tinker" just like some guys do with a '69 Camaro (except I don't get my hands dirty).
I'm not going to bash Microsoft Windows. Windows 2000 works just fine. However, using conservative estimates ..., you would pay approximately $3100 for a 5 user office with a server.
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