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There is a big difference between the standard RH9 and the Enterprise (ie, Advanced Server) versions. First is cost. Advanced Server, now called Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, will set you back $1500 or more. It is intended for large (up to 8 CPU's) servers. They now offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES for smaller systems (1 to 2 CPU's) and costs between $350 and $600. And there is Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS, the workstation edition of the 'Enterprise' family.
The Enterprise line is not based on the latest and greatest kernel. They strive for stability, as this is what you want for a business. The release cycle is normally 18 months from version to version. What business wants to do a new version upgrade every 6 months? And if you want support for Oracle, etc, then you need an Enterprise version. Oracle won't talk to you if you are using a downloaded or store-bought version.
I'm not saying that the standard (personal) versions of RedHat will not do the trick. They can, but you must be willing to be your own support for your server and/or database if you do use it.
I just put Redhat 9 on a system to give it a try (was not that impressed with 8.0) and I am sticking with redhat 7.2 for my servers for now but I thought that for the desktop redhat has come a long way with 9.0, Quite a few things are looking much smoother (graphics, install, etc...) also I see that they have a little bit of a clone of add/remove programs in it, (rpm based) that should help the new guy out.
All in all I think the 9.0 is going to be a nice product, I only have the downloaded versions, I will have to beat it up some more before I try it on a server.