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Old 08-21-2009, 10:17 AM   #1
wheatland
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Red Hat / Fedora - Basic Questions: Version? Upgrading?


I'm totally unfamiliar with Linux.

I've got a Linux Server running here at our business, and I need to figure out how to get an online backup service for my data.

To do that, I've got to start by knowing what version of Linux I'm running, because the backup service requires Fedora 10.

I'm a totally Windows person... have used windows since the beginning (yes early 80's)... and know very little about how to even navigate and find my way around in Linux.

I found this browser called Konqueror on the Linux server, and it says it is Konqueror 3.4.1-0.fc4.1.

I'm pretty sure I've seen the phrase "Fedora Core" but I don't know where to look to find out what version of Fedora I've got. If I'm not running at least Fedora 10, I may need to see if I can and how to upgrade... but I don't even know where to find out my system specs to see if I meet the requirements (300Mhz, 92mb Ram, 75 MB free disc space)

Can anyone help?

Be nice, please... I'm a total Newbie here.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 10:37 AM   #2
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If you right click anywhere in the desktop background, there should be an "open terminal" selection. Click on that.

Then you will see a terminal which you can type commands in. So type the following as you see here:

Code:
[oracle@rhat52 ~]$ cat /etc/*release*
cat: /etc/lsb-release.d: Is a directory
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.2 (Tikanga)
[oracle@rhat52 ~]$ cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal:       515488 kB
MemFree:         41008 kB
Buffers:         27160 kB
Cached:         329924 kB
SwapCached:          0 kB
Active:         161056 kB
Inactive:       286616 kB
HighTotal:           0 kB
HighFree:            0 kB
LowTotal:       515488 kB
LowFree:         41008 kB
SwapTotal:      524280 kB
SwapFree:       524280 kB
Dirty:               8 kB
Writeback:           0 kB
AnonPages:       90592 kB
Mapped:          41276 kB
Slab:            18396 kB
PageTables:       3392 kB
NFS_Unstable:        0 kB
Bounce:              0 kB
CommitLimit:    782024 kB
Committed_AS:   344844 kB
VmallocTotal:   507896 kB
VmallocUsed:      3364 kB
VmallocChunk:   504024 kB
HugePages_Total:     0
HugePages_Free:      0
HugePages_Rsvd:      0
Hugepagesize:     4096 kB
[oracle@rhat52 ~]$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 15
model           : 3
model name      : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
stepping        : 4
cpu MHz         : 2792.235
cache size      : 1024 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 5
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss constant_tsc up pni
bogomips        : 5591.87

[oracle@rhat52 ~]$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/sys-root  496M  282M  189M  60% /
/dev/mapper/sys-home   93M  6.7M   82M   8% /home
/dev/mapper/sys-usr   9.4G  4.6G  4.3G  52% /usr
/dev/mapper/sys-newvar
                      9.9G  3.8G  5.6G  41% /var
/dev/mapper/sys-tmp    93M  6.2M   82M   8% /tmp
/dev/sda1              99M   18M   77M  19% /boot
tmpfs                 252M     0  252M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/hdc              2.9G  2.9G     0 100% /media/RHEL5.2
[oracle@rhat52 ~]$
 
Old 08-21-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by TBC Cosmo View Post
If you right click anywhere in the desktop background, there should be an "open terminal" selection. Click on that.

Then you will see a terminal which you can type commands in. So type the following as you see here:
Here's my specs:
Quote:
bash-3.00# cat /etc/*release*
Fedora Core release 4 (Stentz)
LSB_VERSION="1.3"
Fedora Core release 4 (Stentz)
bash-3.00# cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 515340 kB
MemFree: 180416 kB
Buffers: 20644 kB
Cached: 172904 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 209676 kB
Inactive: 95944 kB
HighTotal: 0 kB
HighFree: 0 kB
LowTotal: 515340 kB
LowFree: 180416 kB
SwapTotal: 0 kB
SwapFree: 0 kB
Dirty: 4 kB
Writeback: 0 kB
Mapped: 169384 kB
Slab: 21168 kB
CommitLimit: 257668 kB
Committed_AS: 504996 kB
PageTables: 3320 kB
VmallocTotal: 507896 kB
VmallocUsed: 2692 kB
VmallocChunk: 504912 kB
HugePages_Total: 0
HugePages_Free: 0
Hugepagesize: 4096 kB
bash-3.00#
bash-3.00# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 15
model : 4
model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
stepping : 1
cpu MHz : 2793.790
cache size : 1024 KB
bash-3.00# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 34G 6.4G 25G 21% /
/dev/sda1 99M 14M 81M 14% /boot
/dev/shm 252M 0 252M 0% /dev/shm
Looks like I'm running Fedora Core 4.
Do the system specs seem powerful enough to upgrade to Fedora 10?
If I were to upgrade, is it a fresh install (wipe the drive and install new) or will the system upgrade itself to the new version? This is a server and there's lots of settings that I don't want to lose.
 
Old 08-21-2009, 11:38 AM   #4
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you might want to install CentOS 5.3 ( the community RHEL 5.3 )
fedora has a 13 month life cycle and fedora 11 is the current .
After 13 months THERE ARE NO SOFTWARE or SECURITY updates released
Cent OS has a 5 year life cycle so there are SECURITY updates for 5 years

a back up service REQUIRING fedora 10 is A VERY BAD idea and I WOULD NOT USE that service
in about 3 months fedora 10 will hit it's END OF LIFE -- that means there will be NO updates to fedora 10 after that .


also unless you DO LIKE doing a FRESH install of fedora every 6 or 13 months ( a new version of fedora is
released every 6 months) on a business server - with ALL the down time that entails and broken software this will cause .

Use Cent or RHEL on a business server
 
  


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