Originally posted by Grafixx01
Ok, so I've got both versions but I was informed that RedHat Linux is like completely obsolete and there are no programs being written for it? Is this true? If not, then which one should I go with on a P4 2.66, 512mb RAM, 40GIG HDD, CD-+rw/DVD-ROM?
Red Hat Linux was an early product line from Red Hat. It has been discontinued. To replace it, Red Hat introduced two product lines. The first is Fedora and the current version is Fedora Core 3. It's still free, has all the community support that Red Hat Linux provided but does not have formal support from the software houses (Veritas, Oracle, etc.). Fedora is updated 2-3 times per year with all the latest and greatest features.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a more stable offering that is released every 12-18 months. It has the formal certifications from the big software houses. It doesn't have the latest and greatest versions of everything - latest version does not normally imply stability. It has an excellent track record for security and patch timeliness. Although the vast number of packages in the release are open source, RHEL is sold on a subscription basis that includes formal Red Hat support. There are free rebuilds for Enterprise Linux (http://www.linuxmafia.com/faq/RedHat/rhel-forks.html
) that will give you the stability and featuers of RHEL without Red Hat support. RHEL4 is rumored to be announced on February 14th.
Fedora Core will probably always have more fee packages available than RHEL, partly because it's free and partly because Red Hat doesn't want too many packages in RHEL because customers are paying for support - the more packages, the higher the support costs.
I've never used SuSe Linux but have heard that their products are pretty darn good too.
Personally, I'm running RHEL on my server (actually Red Hat Professional Workstation which was sold as a limited-support RHEL offering) and Fedora Core 3 on my desktop. There are pros and cons to both. Fedora Core is more leading-edge so for a desktop, it makes a bit more sense. I bought a DVD burner, plugged it in, and it just worked with k3b - nothing extra was required.
Both RHEL and Fedora Core 3 are current and are actively being enhanced. Red Hat uses the free Fedora Core products as its testbed for the RHEL products. You'll just about always see the latest package show up in Fedora before it shows up in RHEL.