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Yum was created originally for Yellow Dog linux, which I beleive was based on red hat. It can be used for fedora or red hat.
If you go to the download section of the yum page; http://linux.duke.edu/projects/yum/download/3.0/
you will see rpm and zipped versions, I think this is really just for redhat/fedora though.
Yum can be used on any rpm-based system. Even if your distribution doesn't support yum repositories, yum can be very useful. For example, if you have multiple machines using the same distribution, you can create a local mirror of the maintenance (download it once), then use yum internally against your mirror.