Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 won’t be released until the end of February, but if you want to get an idea what to expect, try the latest Scientific Linux 5 alpha live CD or DVD. Built from source packages for RHEL 5, the live CD/DVD set was announced yesterday: “Scientific Linux Live CD and DVD 5.0 alpha has been released for i386. Packages included: kernel 2.6.18, X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.4; GIMP 2.2.13, Evolution 2.8.0, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, Firefox 184.108.40.206, GNOME 2.16.0 (DVD only). On the SL5 alpha live DVD all Client / Workstation RPMs are installed and GNOME is the default desktop. On the SL5 alpha live CD KDE is the default desktop. For the moment there are no 64-bit SL5 alpha live CD/DVD available.” Read the short release announcement for more information. Download: livecd_SL5a_2007-01-17.iso (680MB, MD5), livedvd_SL5a_2007-01-18.iso (3,028MB, MD5).
Scientific Linux is a recompiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux put together by various labs and universities around the world.