Red Hat Linux

Red Hat Linux
Distribution of Linux
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Architecturei386, DEC Alpha
Latest version9.0
Initial release1994-10-31
User interface

Red Hat Linux was a widely used Linux distribution until its discontinuation in 2004. It was created by the company of the same name.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

Version Type Code name Release date Kernel version Comment
n/a test Preview 29 July 1994 1.1.18 (dev) First test release, not publicly distributed, used RPP package manager.
0.9 beta Halloween 31 October 1994 1.0.9 (stable)
1.1.54 (dev)
Purchased beta, came with documentation and graphical system management tools.
1.0 stable Mother's Day May 1995 1.2.8 ACC Bookstores (Bob Young) bought out Red Hat Software, Inc. (Mark Ewing) and introduced the "Red Hat Commercial Linux" moniker.
1.1 bug fix Mother's Day+0.1 August 1995 1.2.11
1.2.13
Called "Mother's Day Plus One".
2.0 stable - 20 September 1995 1.2.13-2 First stable RPM release. Started using the "Red Hat LiNUX" branding.
2.1 bug fix Bluesky 23 November 1995 1.2.13 (stable)
1.3.32 (dev)
The first Alpha release (January 1996) was based on this version.
3.0.3 stable Picasso 1 May 1996 1.2.13 First version to release multiple architectures (x86/ELF, Alpha/a.out) at the same time. Introduced the Metro-X server, glint graphical management tool for RPM, and graphical printer configuration.
3.9 beta Rembrandt July-August 1996 2.0 RPM rewritten in C, introduced PAM, kernel modules instead of 72 different kernels.
4.0 stable Colgate 3 October 1996 2.0.18 Added support for the SPARC architecture, ELF for Alpha. Introduced Shadowman™ logo, free electronic format documentation, Red Baron browser.
4.1 bug fix Vanderbilt 3 February 1997 2.0.27 InfoWorld, Best of 1996, Operating Systems.
4.2 stable Biltmore 19 May 1997 2.0.30-2 Shipped old libc 5.3 instead of buggy 5.4, avoided many issues this way but was widely criticized for it.
4.8 beta Thunderbird 27 August 1997 ? Introduced glibc 2.0.
4.9 beta Mustang 7 November 1997 ? Cemented the two-cycle beta release style, due to massive changes in C library version.
5.0 stable Hurricane 1 December 1997 2.0.32-2 Introduced BRU2000-PE™ backup and Real Audio™ client and server. 1997 InfoWorld Product of the Year.
5.1 stable Manhattan 22 May 1998 2.0.34-0.6 Introduced the Linux Applications CD, GNOME preview version (separate, not default), linuxconf, Netscape browser. Last release to use live filesystem off the CD.
5.2 stable Apollo 2 November 1998 2.0.36-0.7 GNOME technology preview (separate, not default).
5.9 beta Starbuck 17 March 1999 ? -
6.0 stable Hedwig 26 April 1999 2.2.5-15 Introduced glibc 2.1, egcs, 2.2 kernel, integrated GNOME.
6.0.50 beta Lorax 6 September 1999 ? Introduced completely rewritten graphical installer (anaconda), with graphical mode and text mode implemented in Python.
6.1 stable Cartman 4 October 1999 2.2.12-20 InfoWorld, 1999 Product of the Year, Operating Systems, multiple other awards.
6.1 92 beta Piglet 9 February 2000 ? -
6.2 stable Zoot 3 April 2000 2.2.14-5.0 First time to offer ISO images for FTP download.
6.9.5 beta Pinstripe 31 July 2000 ? -
7.0 stable Guinness 25 September 2000 2.2.16-22 First release to support Red Hat Network out of the box. Caused the gcc 2.96 flame war, leading to the 2.96RH name being used later.
7.0.90 beta Fisher 31 January 2001 2.4 First release with 2.4 kernel.
7.0.91 beta Wolverine 21 February 2001 ? -
7.1 stable Seawolf 16 April 2001 2.4.2-2 First release to debut a new kernel stream out of the beta cycle. First release to simultaneously support all included languages. Introduced Mozilla browser.
7.1.93 beta Roswell 2 August 2001 ? ext3 becomes default, installer offers to convert ext2 filesystems. LILO replaced with Grub as default.
7.2 stable Enigma 22 October 2001 2.4.7-10 GNOME 1.4, KDE 2.2. Would serve as development basis for RHEL 2.1 AS (Pensacola).
7.2.91 beta Skipjack 22 March 2002 ? Tried to ship a lot of new programs (gcc 3, GTK 2, Python 2), but decided to postpone them for 8.0.
7.3 stable Valhalla 6 May 2002 2.4.18-3 Last release with the Netscape browser.
7.3.29 beta Limbo 4 July 2002 ? Tested 700MB ISO images but they proved problematic.
8.0 stable Psyche 30 September 2002 2.4.18-14 gcc 3.2, glibc 2.3 RC, OpenOffice.org 1.0.1, GNOME 2, KDE 3.0.3. Introduced Bluecurve™ cross-environment unified look and feel.
9.0 stable Shrike 31 March 2003 2.4.20-8 KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2. Introduced NPTL support with glibc 2.3.2 and kernel 2.4.20. Would serve as development basis for RHEL 3.
9.0.93 beta Severn 21 July 2003 ? Final RHL release. It would be merged with Fedora Linux to form release Fedora Core 1 test 2, version 0.94.