[Centos] Announcing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (Nahant) Beta 1 Public Availability (fwd)

Mon Sep 27 17:45:32 UTC 2004
Lance Davis <lance at uklinux.net>

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Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 12:44:37 -0400
From: taroon-beta-list at redhat.com
To: taroon-beta-list at redhat.com
Subject: Announcing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (Nahant) Beta 1 Public

Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the Red Hat 
Enterprise Linux (version 4) Beta 1 milestone.

This is a public beta.  Please feel free to forward this announcement 
to anyone who may be interested in testing this beta release.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 4 Beta is a preview of the next generation
of Red Hat's comprehensive suite of enterprise operating systems --
designed for mission-critical enterprise computing and certified by top
enterprise software vendors.   More information on the current Red Hat
Enterprise Linux version 3 and version 2.1 products is available at: 


This announcement includes details on obtaining the beta software, 
reporting bugs, and communicating with Red Hat and other testers
via mailing lists during the beta period.  
 * Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 is the first RHEL release based
   on the 2.6 Linux kernel.  We are particularly interested in 
   feedback on hardware compatibility including sound, video, 
   networking, storage device, and USB support on both server 
   and desktop-class systems.

 * Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Beta 1 includes updated version of
   many major system components, including:	
    - Kernel 2.6.8
    - gcc 3.4.1
    - GNU libc 2.3.3
    - GNOME 2.8 release candidate
    - OpenOffice.org 1.1.2
    - Evolution 1.5.94
    - Mozilla 1.7.2, Firefox 0.9.3, and Epiphany 1.3.8
    - X.org X11 6.8.0

 * This beta release supports a wide range of hardware platforms, 
    - 32-bit x86-compatible (i386/i686)
    - 64-bit AMD64 and Intel EM64T (x86_64)
    - 64-bit Intel Itanium2 (ia64)
    - 64-bit IBM eServer iSeries and pSeries and POWER (ppc64)
    - 31-bit IBM S/390 (s390)
    - 64-bit IBM eServer zSeries (s390x)

 * This beta release is available in the four product variants,
   all of which are part of the RHEL 4 product family:
    - Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (for x86, AMD64/EM64T, ia64, 
       ppc64, s390, s390x)
    - Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES (for x86, AMD64/EM64T, ia64)
    - Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS (for x86, AMD64/EM64T, ia64)
    - Red Hat Desktop (for x86, AMD64/EM64T)
 * Note that the AS and ES distributions contain a superset of the 
   packages found in the WS and Desktop distributions.  For a
   detailed description of the relative features of the AS, ES, 
   WS and Desktop products, please consult:


 * Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Beta 1 includes support for Security
   Enhanced Linux (SELinux).  By default, SELinux is enabled with
   a targeted policy that secures key system services.  These 
   developer resources provide more information on SELinux:
    - Fedora SELinux FAQ
    - NSA SELinux main website:
    - NSA SELinux FAQ: 

 * Runtime support for 32-bit applications on the 64-bit Intel 
   Itanium2 architecture is provided via the Intel IA-32 
   Execution Layer.  A beta version of the IA-32 Execution 
   Layer RPM package, for testing in conjunction with this beta 
   release, is available at the following FTP location:


 * Note that specific features, packages, and naming are subject 
   to change before the final release.

The supplied beta packages and CD images are intended for testing 
purposes only.  We ask that you report bugs in the Beta 1 release
as soon as possible, so that fixes can be included in the next
beta release.

Please remember that this early access software is not supported and 
is not intended for production environments!  Please do not publish
any benchmark or performance results based on this beta release.  
Upgrades will *not* be supported from this beta software to
subsequent beta releases or official releases.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Beta 1 is available for download via FTP 
and Red Hat Network.

FTP Availability

Installable binary ISO images, binary RPM packages, and source RPM
packages are available at the Red Hat FTP site, as well as select
Red Hat FTP mirrors worldwide:


Red Hat Network Availability and Updates

Installable binary and source ISO images are also available via 
Red Hat Network at:


You will be required to login using a valid RHN account, or create 
a new one.

During the beta period, we will also be supplying updated packages via
Red Hat Network channels.  We strongly encourage you to register your
system with Red Hat Network at installation time, and use the Red Hat
Update Agent (up2date) to keep your systems up-to-date with the latest
beta packages.  Help on using the Red Hat Update Agent is available at:

Note that Red Hat Network service entitlements are required for each 
system registered for updates with RHN, Beta or otherwise.  Each RHN 
account includes a single demo entitlement, and paid RHEL enterprise 
entitlements can optionally be used to subscribe additional systems 
to the RHEL 4 Beta channels for updates.

Bug Reporting

To ensure accurate tracking and follow-up, please report all
bugs via Red Hat's web-based Bugzilla tool.

To report a bug:

1. Login to the Bugzilla home page at http://bugzilla.redhat.com.
   If you don't have an existing account, simply create one by
   following the link on this page.

2. On the Bugzilla home page, choose the "New" tab.  Proceed to 
   Step 3, "Choosing Your Product" by clicking that button at
   the bottom of the page.

3. Choose "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Public Beta".  Proceed to 
   Step 4, "Choosing Component" by clicking that button at 
   the bottom of the web page.

4. Choose the component against which you wish to report a
   problem, such as kernel, glibc, etc.

5. Scroll the page to Step 5, "Choosing Version and Architecture".
   In the Version field, choose 'rhel4-beta1'.  Choose the 
   appropriate architecture.  Proceed to Step 6, "Additional Info", 
   by clicking that button at the bottom of the web page.
6. Provide the information about the problem you're reporting by
   entering information in the appropriate fields. Then click the 
   "Open Bugzilla Entry Form" button. In the summary of the bug, 
   and in the text describing your problem, please state clearly 
   that you are using a *BETA* package and provide the full
   package versions of any components you are experiencing 
   problems with (as packages may be updated during the beta
   period).  Check to make sure that all information is accurate 
   and click the "Commit" button to submit your problem report.

Mailing List

Red Hat has created a public mailing list for general discussion 
of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (Nahant) Beta releases.

To subscribe to nahant-beta-list, send mail to 
nahant-beta-list-request at redhat.com with 'subscribe' in the 
subject line. You can leave the body empty. 

Or subscribe using the web-based mailing list interface at:


Thank you for your interest in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux v. 4
beta program.  We look forward to working with you to ensure
a high quality release!


The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Team

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