Welcome! And thanks for your interest in Red Hat Linux. We have what we think is the best Linux distribution on the market today, and we work hard to keep it that way. Red Hat Linux 5.0 is the latest in a long line of software from Red Hat Software. We hope you like it, and that you enjoy using Red Hat Linux as much as we've enjoyed making it for you.
It's interesting to note that, while Linux is popular and well-known by a certain segment of the computer-using population, there any many people out there that are only now hearing about Linux. For this group of people, the following section should provide enough background to help you get acquainted with Linux and Red Hat Software. If you'd like to learn more about how Linux is developed and distributed, please see Appendix I for more information.