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Old 05-10-2009, 04:02 PM   #1
steventimothy
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New RHEL 4.0 user - need a little help - where to find package


Hello! I'm a new user who knows next to nothing about Linux. However, I want to become a power user, so I'm hoping for some help which I can later reciprocate.

I'm running RHEL 4.0 AS, the latest package on the Red Hat site. I have a 30 day free subscription. I need to have that specific software for the trial entertainment software I'm running, I can't run CentOS or Fedora or anything else.

If I buy the software I'm trialing, I'll get a subscription.

First of all, I actually need RHEL 4.0 WS, not AS. However, I can't find it on the Red Hat website as a download. If anyone knows where on the site to get it, that would be appreciated. All it seems to offer are ES and AS.

Also, as a newb, is this the best area to post on RHEL 4.0? I guess when you're a new user all the packages are about the same.

Thanks, Steve

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Old 05-11-2009, 01:12 AM   #2
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Thanks for nothing

Wow, thanks for nothing. My limited experience with Linux suggests the following:

1) Linux's "market share" is going to plummet now that MS has released a half-decent OS. It's definitely got a face that only a mother could love, or the anti-social, unhelpful programmers who are it's only lovers.

2) Software companies deploy millions of dollars hiring people called "interface designers". None of those exist in the Linux community, obviously, as these artists and designers seem to be having to much fun at the clubs to go to the Linux communities' mother's basements.

3) When a reasonably intelligent person such as myself can barely install the software, and then can't install the VGA driver without being a programming guru, let alone (god forbid) install the Intel Ethernet driver or the sound card driver (at least a week of nose in the book to get those), then what kind of a prayer does this community have to expand past it's current base???

I'm going to figure it out without your help, I guess, but my god. Talk about a lot of big brains accomplishing nothing.
 
Old 05-11-2009, 03:51 AM   #3
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This is a volunteer website. People answer if they a) read the qn, b) have an idea of the answer, c) have time(!)
... and its free...
If you want instant on-demand support, pay RH, that's what they do
Incidentally, you certainly can use Centos for research, its RH code sans RH logos etc.
Note that range of HW/SW supported by the RH distribution is limited for legal and practical reasons.
Other distros may not have the same issue(s).
Most Hw should be auto-recognised and installed by the bigger distros, unless its a very new design.
 
Old 05-11-2009, 03:12 PM   #4
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Since Centos and RHEL are made from the same source code, it is extremely rare to find software that will run on RHEL and not Centos. Please post a link to the software that you believe will run on RHEL and not Centos.

RHEL is a enterprise level (read extremely stable) OS. By its very nature it will NOT have the newest versions of software (GUI in this case). In addition to that you are using an older version of RHEL (RHEL/Centos are currently on version 5.3).

When FC4 was first released I set my 70 year old recently widowed neighbor lady up with a PIII to email her grandchildren and introduce here to the web. She had never used a computer before and did not graduate from high school. By the time FC6 came out she had completed a fresh install before for I had (FC6), installed a web cam and scanner (I still have not installed a scanner).

My guess is that you are trying to run Linux and think M$. That will NOT work. Just like learning any new language (like German), you have to think in that language to effectively use it.

You asked for help at 3pm on a Sunday that also happens to be Mother's Day. Any holiday is going to delay the response time to a thread. Despite what many people think we do have lives. You should also consider the tone of your questions. You are admitting you are a newb but adamantly making a number of assumptions that are in all likelihood not true. No one is going to be in a big rush to help such an individual.
 
  


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