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Redhat is not based on another distro. Redhat Enterprise Linux though is based on technologies in Fedora Core, but Fedora Core was initially based on Redhat 9. Mandriva is a fork of Redhat (meaning that its no longer compatible with Redhat/Fedora), Suse was initially based on Slackware. Slackware was initially based on an old distro called SLS. I am not sure if Debian was based on any of the old distros.