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I am new to learning how to use Linux, and have never installed Linux yet. My company is starting to use RedHat.
I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations about a Linux distribution that would be a good place for me to start my Linux education. If you could provide the name and version, then perhaps a reason why you feel it would be a good choice.
If you need to learn Red Hat for work, then either CentOS (free clone of Red Hat, providing older but very stable software) or Fedora (fast-moving development release with the latest kernel and applications) are my recommendations.
If you want to learn something completely different from Red Hat then Ubuntu or Mint are very popular for beginning Linux users.
Okay, lemme be the first to welcome you to Linux and the forum.
Linux is about choice, so, you've got your pick, a small rundown:
Fedora - because it's closes to RedHat, stuff is broken and you (the user) are actually the "beta tester", you'll learn to fix things CentOS - because it's closest to the server RedHat, stable and fault free, had one running (still does) without any hitch whatsoever Linux Mint - easy install, Debian based Debian - the oldest distro and very stable, somewhat bare against Mint but it's the refernce
the 'buntu sisters - Ubuntu, http://xubuntu.org/ and Kubuntu - very complete and easy/nice to use Arch Linux - not really for beginners but the cleanest distro around, personally...not for beginners, unless (like you) they want to learn Linux from the command line
There are others, but, if you're still "shopping", check this questionaire...
I would not recommend Fedora at all to learn how to administrate Red Hat systems, they are simply to different, keep alone the different init systems.
Having said that, if you want to learn how to work with Red Hat systems I would recommend CentOS, since it is a free clone of Red Hat.
If you want to learn generally how to work with Linux I would recommend to begin with one of the beginner-friendly distributions, like Mint, Mepis or Ubuntu.
If you are willing to go with a somewhat steeper learning curve I would recommend to go for Slackware, Arch or Gentoo, since those distributions actively encourage (and partially force) the user to learn.
It may not be the most user friendly for a home user, but in your particular case, go Centos.
Its going to be less confusing to stick with the same thing as used at work.
(as above, Centos is a free rebuild of RHEL; includes updates, but not support)
You can always branch out later if you want.
I suggest to study fisrt one distro at a time before moving it to the next level.
if you like redhat then go for redhat first study the basic installation, nature and environment of GUI, command line interface
and last basic troubleshooting of it.