Red Hat student, Fedora Sucks as base system. What now?
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@Snowpine, you still missing the point. Me being comfortable with Ubuntu doesn't affect the desire to get Red Hat Certified. This has been my current setup (till recently of-course), I have been running Ubuntu as my base system [browsing the net, syncing my ipod, and everything else in between] and I must say it has been doing a good job, now at the same time I had 2 Red Hat VM's running on Sun Vbox (with host-only networking) for practical purposes. This setup was fine and the only reason I wanted to change it was I only play on the Red Hat side when doing practicals but spend most of my time playing on the Ubuntu side (which is Debian Based), this is were the idea of running a RPM based system kicked in. In simple terms, the time spent on the Ubuntu side and also be used as practical time if my base system was also RPM based.
I haven't decided yet but i'm sure i'll keep my Ubuntu as base and run Red Hat on a VM or dual boot, but considering the hassle of rebooting everytime I need to do something on the other side, i'm sure VM will work better, but maybe this time use Xen as its also an exam objective.
I do not know why you started hating Fedora or RH based systems. I use Ubuntu myself for day to day work. And I like it. But I have tried F13 and did not feel it to be too different from Ubuntu. At least F13 looks a lot like Ubuntu. But yes, it behaves differently. And if you are taking RH certification, F13 would be a bad choice. There are a lot of packages there which are not completely stable and are usually put there for testing.
CentOS would be a better choice. But do not expect them to run and have lot of packages as in Ubuntu. CentOS and RHEL are enterprise level server distributions for specific demands and you need to respect it. Even debian is slow on adapting new changes. And that is what makes these flavors rock solid and best choices for server usage. No point in criticizing it. You would always want your server to be secure first rather than having a lot of packages in repositories or eye candy. I run CentOS on server and it does support good choice of hardware. Just my opinion though.
All the answers/replies you're getting here come from people experienced with RHEL/Fedora and more or less know the path required to the RHCE.
Once you've been around the block with Fedora/RHEL a few times; RHCE is not impossible to attain; however; its definitely not a walk in the park.
If you want to pass first time; you need to be using/practicing on RHEL/CentOS on a daily basis. The point is that if you're thinking about making an investment into the certification, then you should make CentOS/Fedora your primary daily OS - since Ubuntu is fundamentally different in that its Debian based.
Thanks Alli... you see thats the path I was trying to follow when I ported to Fedora, on second thought... I guess I will have to forget about the functionality and tweak only the necessary stuff (ipod, 3g and media players) to work on either Red Hat or CentOS. cause i also tried to raise this point somewhere is the post that practicing on a VM is not really working as you go there once in a while unlike when the OS is running as a base system
CentOS and Fedora are great as Desktop or Server solution...what problems have you encountered ?
I am also a Debian user since 3.1 ..but currently I'am running centOS for kvm virt on a low level server.
He may be encountering some of the problems I have with Fedora.
This is MY Computer OS needs checklist.
-Recognize Hardware right at plug-in - Check
-Fast - Check
-Nice Interface - Check
-Works without more than 2problems or error messages a day - NO!!!
-Works well after a while - NO!!!
Fedora killed me today! It recognized none of my hardware except for the WLAN adapter, and printer. NO SPEAKERS, NO EXTERNAL STORAGE CONNECTION, NO DISK RECOGNITION! I decided to just turn off my desktop and flip open my MacBook after 2 hours of use. And when I clicked shut down, it didn't have an option to shut down! It only said Suspend, Hibernate, and CANCEL! So I had to just pull the plug and put it aside to be dealt with later!
There are few other RHEL clones. If CentOS-5 seems little outdated for you, then Scientific Linux 6.0 can give better driver support, although I never had any major issues with CentOS on neither of my laptops or desktops. Some drivers would be missing in default installation, but can be easily installed from several repositories - rpmforge, rpmfusion, atrpms, etc...
Getting stupid certifications instead of really learning Linux sucks...
I've gone through a zillion versions of SuSE, Debian, CentOS, Redhat, Ubuntu and countless others. Some are unquestionably better, some worse. It typically varies from version to version.
Currently my main OS is Fedora 14 (both 32- and 64 bit versions) and, in general, I couldn't be happier.
But basically, the differences between most distro's is pretty superficial, IMHO.
Personally, I think anybody interested enough in "Linux" to actually take courses and study for certification should be *equally* comfortable with .rpm and .deb packages. As well as tarballs, .configure, and source installs.
Just my $0.02...
Hopefully the OP has long since passed his exams, and reached a similar conclusion in the year or so since his original post