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Help you out with what exactly? You just click on the link provided by rich_c for example, make your choice of distribution you would like to install, for example Ubuntu, choose the version and next the architecture and next click on the download links to start downloading the images. Once you have them downloaded burn them to CD/DVD and install.
First of all I would advice against using Fedora in your case. Fedora is the testing ground for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and as such contains the latest software versions which makes it bleeding edge and most likely you'll encounter bugs. If your server is to be used in a production environment I'd go with a more stable distribution like Debian (DEB based) or CentOS (RPM based). Furthermore Fedora 8 has been EOL (End of Life) from July 2009.
Distribution: RHEL, CentOS, Debian, Oracle Solaris 10
Fedora 8 is too old and its been in End Of Life. You can use CentOS 6 which has it EOL till 30th Nov 2020. And if you wish to then you can download it from here: http://wiki.centos.org/Download
Or there is another good option is use RHEL having good support also. For that you have to purchase licence version.
You mention you want to migrate a server. As others have mentioned, planning is paramount! Here's a link you might find useful. It's to do with client (Desktop/workstation) migration but none the less, I'm sure it contains a lot of info that relates to performing a similar exercise for servers. http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg246380.html
Google and Wikipedia are your friends. Have a read up on CentOS and Fedora. You'll notice their relationship with Red Hat. Based on that, someone familiar with either will probably feel at home managing the other. You also might like to have a look at another resource and another distro. Here's the Distrowatch entry for Scientific Linux. Another Red Hat based distro.
Note also that Centos is a free version of RHEL (RedHat Enteprise Linux).
If you are new to Linux, you want to consider paying for the RHEL version, because it includes support; Centos does not.
It depends whether you consider you can run a server without paid support; your choice (& your manager may insist).