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What we have for you in Linux this year is more power-packed than ever before. Starting with extra installation schemes, we go all the
way to incorporating extra security software and drivers for common hardware. You’ll notice that we speak only about servers, and not about the desktop. That will be taken up in our next month’s issue

Support for the distribution

We do have an e-mail-support system. If you have installation-related questions about this distribution (not general Red Hat Linux or versions never distributed by PCQuest), please write to
Many of the common questions are answered already. Check out the ever-growing Linux FAQ at

If you would like to get community support, head for, There you will find lists of Linux User Groups in your area, mailing lists and a lot more.

Finally, if you would like to refer to the evergrowing list of Linux-related articles that have appeared in PCQuest over the years (and will appear in the future), head for

We hope you will enjoy PCQ Linux 7.1. Do drop us a line at and let us know how you like our annual Linux offering, and send us your comments, suggestions and complaints. We may not be able to reply to every note, but we promise read each one of them.
Thanks for using Linux, and for being a PCQuest reader.
The PCQ Linux Initiative team 2001

Welcome to PCQuest’s 2001 Linux issue. Along with the enormous changes that PCQuest has been undergoing, the PCQ Linux Initiative team, too, has been hard at work. And here is the result.

The most noticeable change you will find from our previous initiatives is that we no longer refer to the distribution as ‘Red Hat Linux’, since Red Hat would totally disown this baby, given the number of changes we have made. This distribution is now officially called PCQ Linux 7.1. It is based on, but does not represent, Red Hat Linux 7.1. Red Hat is not responsible for the support of this distribution.

With this brief explanation, let’s look at some of the differences between the two distributions.

  • The most important change is that PCQ Linux adds two completely new installation classes–Gateway and Intranet–to those provided by Red Hat. These two classes are described in more detail in the articles that follow.

  • PCQ Linux defaults to Indian Standard Time (Asia/Calcutta) during installation.

  • PCQ Linux installs several security-related packages as part of its Gateway and Intranet installation classes. These include portsentry, logchecker, and

  • Unlike the Red Hat Linux 7.1 installation CDs, PCQ Linux installs some necessary documentation. You can read some of this documentation immediately on PCQuest CD 2 using any standard browser. You can also install other documentation during the installation procedure (by checking the PCQ Linux-unique ‘Documentation’ item during the installation).

  • To conserve space, this distribution does not include any foreign-language utilities, libraries, and dictionaries. Only standard English stuff is included. This means that even an ‘Everything’ install will be far smaller.

  • All updates up to June 7, 2001 have been included and merged into the distribution. While you may install Linux off this CD as with our previous CDs, note that this distribution is primarily aimed at being set up as described in the following articles. There are many other
    differences, some of which you will become aware of while using the system.

Atul Chitnis
is CTO of Exocore Consulting, and Consulting Editor of PCQuest

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