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I am a newbie to Linux. Migrating from windows ofcourse. I have installed the rhel on VMware to practise with but I want to know if it is a good point to start as a newbie or I should scale it down a bit first?
I think there should be no problem with RHEL on VMware.
For practice purpose, you can choose any other light OS (varient of Unix) like Ubuntu, since there is not much difference between Ubuntu and RHEL as a newbie.
So keep reading and keep practising! Good luck.
Red Hat is a fine choice if you can afford the $$$. It provides older software that is stable and very well-tested, perfect for server/bank/hospital/university/laboratory/military where security and stability are top priorities. As a bonus you can get paid support, and they have a hardware certification program.
For home/hobby/educational purposes, you can get 99% the same experience (without the hefty pricetag) using CentOS, which is a rebranded clone built from the Red Hat source code. You can also try one of the many other distros described at distrowatch.com such as Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Slackware, etc.
Thanks guys for the posts. I have since change to ubuntu as I've realised that I will need some extra experience before jumping to RHEL. Can any one recommend a book that will help me thru? I have been fiddling with the OS but I think I need a book for progress measurement.
If you need to learn Linux for working purposes, then using CentOS as a substitute for Red Hat is one way to go. If you are just thinking to migrating from Windows, then something with more software suited to home use would be a good idea: my extra software for CentOS comes from 7 different places and some of it needed a bit of persuasion!
Two nice, friendly, reliable distros are:
Fuduntu: rolling release (no versions, it just updates itself from week to week), geared to home use, powerful configuration tools (from Red Hat)
Mint: issued every 6 months and version Maya will be supported for 5 years, very easy to install, large community of users