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Old 06-12-2008, 03:38 PM   #1
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Whats the best way to learn redhat?


I'm looking into learning redhat for a number of reasons (read: dropped xp suport and vista being garbage.)
I'd rather not buy a Mac because I just dropped a ton of money into my (used to be) windows box.

I've found a few training videos online and so far this company
looks the best:
http://www.cbtplanet.com/linux-train...-cbt-cdrom.htm

I know trial and error are really the best teachers on computer
programs, but I have *no* prior experience.

Is red hat even the best linux base to start with?
I've barely touched other linux shells.
Any help would be great
 
Old 06-12-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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Red Hat is fine, especially if you want to get certified in it. Personally, I would say install Fedora Linux, because Red Hat is based off of Fedora, and Fedora is free.

Fedora is easy to install, has good appliactions, has a good reputation, and good hardware support, and is very easy to learn.
 
Old 06-12-2008, 04:14 PM   #3
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A true free RedHat clone is CentOS
 
Old 06-12-2008, 06:01 PM   #4
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Whats the best way to learn redhat?
Read the Red Hat manuals! Very good pieces of documentation.
 
Old 06-12-2008, 06:14 PM   #5
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Usually the easiest if just to jump in and try it. When you get into trouble post back and we will try and help. Remember that google is your friend. A lot of things install a manual when you install them. To get this manual enter(yum for example):

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man yum
Replace yum with whatever utility you are using. Fedora is a good start but be aware that it will only be supported for about a year (you will need to do a fresh install essentially every year). RHEL/Centos has a five year support life but lags behind (dated) to make certain it is bullet proof. For example Fedora is on F9 and RHEL is on version 5. RHEL5 was based on FC6, so the packages are about a year and a half behind Fedora (but fully security patched).
 
Old 06-12-2008, 06:36 PM   #6
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You can also work your way through this: http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
Old 06-12-2008, 08:55 PM   #7
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I recommend installing CentOS and learn how to use it. Do not use Fedora as it generally uses programs that are cutting edge where as Redhat does not.
 
Old 06-13-2008, 01:24 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by stevejoul View Post
I'm looking into learning redhat for a number of reasons (read: dropped xp suport and vista being garbage.)
The answer is slightly different depending on whether
  1. you just want to learn to use Linux as a desktop system (a direct replacement for a Windows system)
  2. you want to learn the 'under the hood' stuff because you want to be an admin/are a geek/because you can

For the first I'd reccomend something user-friendly like Kubuntu, PCLos, Mepis (Fedora wouldn't be bad, but not my personal first choice)

For the second, Centos (or, equivalently White Box or StartComm), Debian, Slackware..

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Is red hat even the best linux base to start with?
I've barely touched other linux shells.
A shell is something like a 'DOS box' on windows (on linux bash is the default, but there are others) so I assume that this isn't what you mean. A distro is a bundle of Linux + utilities + apps + installer and that is what I think you mean.

There is nothing wrong with Fedora/RedHat (or OpenSuSE, which I prefer), you just might find the learning curve a little shallower elsewhere. In general my advice is to try something and revisit that after, say, six months. Having a look at a live CD or two isn't a bad move, either.

After six moths, the user-friendly distros might feel uncomfortably like 'stabiliser wheels', depending on what you want.
 
Old 06-13-2008, 02:35 PM   #9
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For the first I'd reccomend something user-friendly like Kubuntu, PCLos, Mepis (Fedora wouldn't be bad, but not my personal first choice)

For the second, Centos (or, equivalently White Box or StartComm), Debian, Slackware..

There is nothing wrong with Fedora/RedHat (or OpenSuSE, which I prefer), you just might find the learning curve a little shallower elsewhere. In general my advice is to try something and revisit that after, say, six months. Having a look at a live CD or two isn't a bad move, either.

After six moths, the user-friendly distros might feel uncomfortably like 'stabiliser wheels', depending on what you want.
Personally I feel that Red Hat invented user friendly Linux. Slackware and Debian were pretty close, but Red Hat hit it on the nail. Distributions like Ubuntu and Mepis try so hard to be friendly to new comers that it takes away from the Linux experience. Ubuntu, following in Red Hat's footsteps, does have a number of nice configuration utilities though.
 
  


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