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From: Mike Wangsmo <wanger@redhat.com>
Subject: Raw Hide - development versions of Red Hat Linux
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 12:11:17 GMT

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling........

In an effort to improve communications with the development community, 
enable Linux users to test bleeding-edge technology, speed development, 
and improve the quality of future Red Hat Linux releases (as well as to 
end world hunger and eliminate human conflict), Red Hat will be releasing 
development versions of the Red Hat Linux Operating System on a regular 
basis. 

Dubbed "Raw Hide," the releases will have version numbers independent of 
Red Hat Linux's version. Raw Hide 1.0 will appear on ftp.redhat.com on 
Friday, August 14 for public gnawing. 

How Raw Hide is a Team Effort 

The success of Linux and its rapid adoption by an increasing number of 
users for mission-critical applications has resulted in a growing number 
of developers. In addition to helping new users discover Linux, this 
development community continues to bring new features, tools, and utilities 
to Linux. As the Linux development community continues to push the rapid 
evolution of Linux, infrequently released Linux distributions have a difficult
time providing the latest tools and innovations developers need. 

To solve this problem, Red Hat Software is harnassing the rapid development 
model which has proven so successful for developing individual components 
of the Linux operating system.  This model helps us deliver award-winning 
OSs, and we anticpiate that Raw Hide will provide similar benefits. It's 
our hope that the feedback we receive from the Linux development community 
will range from notification of errors and omissions to valuable discussions 
of the technical benefit (or lack thereof) of new features. 

http://developer.redhat.com will host a web site devoted to Raw Hide, and 
the redhat-devel-list@redhat.com mailing list will be the centerpiece of 
discussion. 

Chomping at the Bit for Raw Hide 

The growing user base of Linux highlights the need for early, accurate, 
and broadly disseminated information on new features and trends in Linux 
development. We can't think of a better way of keeping our user base fully 
informed on what we are up to then regularly posting our development release 
and source code. Announcements on http://developer.redhat.com and newsletters 
available from Red Hat will provide our users with constant updates on the 
evolution of Red Hat Linux. 

Raw Hide Can Be a Bit Tough to Chew on So Run at Your Own Risk (and Enjoyment)

These releases have not been quality tested by Red Hat's Quality Assurance 
team. They may not boot. If they boot, they may not install. If they install, 
they may not do anything other then waste CPU cycles. If anything breaks, 
you most assuredly own the many fragments which will be littered across your 
floor. 

It may not be possible to upgrade from Red Hat to Raw Hide, from Raw Hide 
to Red Hat, or from Raw Hide to Raw Hide! If a stable upgrade path is 
important to you, please do not use Raw Hide. 

DO NOT USE THESE RELEASES FOR ANY WORK WHERE YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION 
RUNNING, THE ACCURACY OF YOUR DATA, THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR NETWORK, OR ANY 
OTHER PURPOSE FOR WHICH A RESPONSIBLE HUMAN WOULD USE A COMPUTER. (But then 
again what would be the fun of hacking Linux if there wasn't some risk 
involved. ;-)....) 

These releases will be available from ftp.redhat.com:/pub/rawhide. A list 
of Raw Hide mirrors will be available as such mirrors come online. 

Enjoy!

Mike

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Mike Wangsmo, QA Manager                          Red Hat Software, Inc 

"As soon as I finish turning beer into water, I'll meet you in the
garage"  -- Hank Hill 




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