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Old 10-25-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Question Newbie starting with RHEL6.


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?
 
Old 10-25-2012, 03:56 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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Newbie user!

I recommend Knoppix live-cd or any live-cd based Debian Linux ...so install other hd without any windows version.Or USB pendrive persistent is nice! Good luck! o/
 
Old 10-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #4
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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.

Good luck and happy Linuxing!
 
Old 10-25-2012, 06:01 PM   #5
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and to add
other than RHEL being NOT CHEEP
yes there is a $49/ year ( EVERY YEAR ) to the standard $299 per year REQUIRED license

it is a VERY poor choice for HOME use
things like music and video support ARE MISSING

programs that are NORMALLY used on a home system are NOT there

now
CentOS has added SOME of them
it is still a poor choice for a everyday home system

-- good for a home OFFICE
-- BAD for a everyday HOME general purpose desktop install

for a NEW to linux user
the FREE MintLinux or Ubuntu are designed with THE NEW USER in mind

RHEL6 is designed with a VERY EXPERIENCED Linux System Administrator in mind .
 
Old 11-07-2012, 08:55 AM   #6
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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.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 09:50 AM   #7
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Yes, you will need to read documentation with any distribution (Red Hat or Ubuntu) because humans are not born instinctively knowing how to use Linux.

Here are the best sources of information for Ubuntu in my opinion (I started using Ubuntu in 2007):

http://help.ubuntu.com
http://wiki.ubuntu.com
http://ubuntuforums.org
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/

It is unlikely you will find an up-to-date printed book, because the latest version of Ubuntu is less than a month old.
 
Old 11-07-2012, 09:57 AM   #8
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I suppose you're doing the right thing to learn about Rhel with vmware. If you have to study for the exam i can give you some good advice since a couple of months ago i did it.

Is your first approach to Linux?
 
Old 11-07-2012, 01:25 PM   #9
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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
 
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