Red Hat Linux
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|Source model:||Open source|
|Project status:||Kicked to the curb|
|Last stable release:||9.ho alias Shite|
|Kernel type:||Sweet, medium crunchy|
Red Hat Linux is a popular Linux distribution created and sold by well-known clothing retailer Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat was designed around several important critera: hideous desktop backgrounds, out-dated software, self-destructive package management system, and hellish price tag.
Red Hat was the first Linux distribution to use the Recursively Pathetic Manager (RPM) as its software packaging format—famous for not being able to install anything because Package X refuses to install without Package Y being already present, but Package Y cannot be installed because Package Z is already present and conflicts. Red Hat's free equivalent, Fedora Core, now uses the Yes Uninstalled Me (YUM) dependency resolver, an enhanced version of RPM that uninstalls everything it doesn't see running or thinks is using too much memory and forces Package X and Package Y to shut up and install anyway.
Over time Red Hat Linux has spawned a number of
hacks imitators clones other Linuxes, which share all the loveable idiosyncracies of the Red Hat pedigree, while adding completely new and original bugs, and an even spankier looking GUI—Mandrivel, Yellow Lab Linux, and PersonalComputerLinuxOperatingSystem, to name just a few.
edit Acquisition of Linux
Red Hat Linux was created when Carmen Sandiego stole the source code for Linux, an operating system written by Kernel Linus Torvalds of the Penguin Army. Linus was planning to take over the world using his secret operating system, which was incompatible with spyware used by the FBI to track what every human being on the face of the planet is doing; however, after Red Hat published Linux, Linus was forced to cover his devious plans by releasing the original copies as "open source software" and claiming that it was created "to see if he could do it."
Carmen Sandiego acquired the source code to Linux by using a tactic called "social engineering." Social engineering is a technique used by expert hackers to convince others to do their dirty work for them; in other words, stupid people do stupid things and get in trouble while the hacker gets away with the loot. Carmen Sandiego used her "Steal Your Virginity" pose to lower Torvalds' guard just moments before proceeding to incapacitate him; this worked because all computer nerds are virgins until a girl wants something other than sex from them. Once Linus was exhausted, she was free to steal his computer, including the source code to Linux.
edit Version history
- 1.0 November 3 1994
- 1.1 August 1 1995
- 2.0 September 20 1995
- 2.1 November 23 1995
- 3.0.3 (Pickass), May 1 1996 - first release supporting DEC Alpha
- 4.0 (Aquafresh), October 8 1996 - first release supporting Sparc
- 4.1 (Peterbilt), February 3 1997
- 4.2 (BobtheBuilder), May 19 1997
- 5.0 (Hurry), December 1 1997
- 5.1 (Manhattan w/Gravy), May 22 1998
- 5.2 (Appalling), November 2 1998
- 6.0 (Headlice), April 26 1999
- 6.1 (Cartman's Mom's a Dirty Slut), October 4 1999
- 6.2 (Zoop), April 3 2000
- 7 (Gullible), September 25 2000 (this release is labeled "7" not "7.0")
- 7.1 (C-note), April 16 2001
- 7.2 (Enema), October 22 2001
- 7.3 (Vanhalen), May 6 2002
- 8.0 (Psycho), September 30 2002
- 9 (Shite), March 31 2003 (this transitional release is labeled "9.ho" not "9.0")