This was all pretty much intended. Oh, certainly RH wanted every release to be stable. But
the X.0 releases got a bunch of new features, and the X.1 and X.2 releases were stabilizing
releases. This was all long before Fedora. But one could roughly equate RH X.0 to a Fedora
release, and RH X.1 and X.2 to RHEL releases. The mapping is not perfect, but you get the
idea. Incidentally, there was an enterprise 6.2 release. (6.2E) It was the forerunner of RHEL.
And RH 7.2 was the basis for RHEL2.1. (Amusingly, the first RHEL release was 2.1, because
the enterprise shuns both 1.x releases, and x.0 releases. 2.1 was the first marketable
The transition from the old libc to glibc in RH5.0 is one I remember well. Folks grumbling
about Xorg driver regressions today really have no idea. I don't think that *anything* since
then has been so disruptive. I still have a RH 5.0 box up in my storage room. And when I
pass it a get a sort of feeling of nostalgia, with an underlying case of mild heebee-geebies.
And the strange thing about it is... it seems like only yesterday. Cliché, I know. But it really
does seem like only a year or two ago.