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Old 11-15-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Which laptop for red hat


I need to buy/use a laptop and install/get preinstalled rhel5/6. What is recommended? Can I buy a laptop that comes with the windows 7 home edition and install rhel6 on it?
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Old 11-15-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
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A good place to begin your research is:

http://www.redhat.com/rhel/compatibility/hardware/
 
Old 11-16-2010, 01:02 PM   #3
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3000 N100 Lenovo

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I need to buy/use a laptop and install/get preinstalled rhel5/6. What is recommended? Can I buy a laptop that comes with the windows 7 home edition and install rhel6 on it?
Jay
I use a 3000 N100 with Fedora on it. It works great. Fedora and Redhat should have similar hardware requirements. If you already have a laptop in question, it isn't a bad idea to try more then one distribution. Unless there is a specific reason to use Redhat and nothing else, feel free to try others like SuSE, Mandriva, or even <gasp> Ubuntu. SuSE and Mandriva, like Redhat, have enterprise versions which aren't free that you must purchase with actual money. You also get better support as well. Of course, if you are experimenting, try the open distributions first.
 
Old 11-16-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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I need to buy/use a laptop and install/get preinstalled rhel5/6. What is recommended? Can I buy a laptop that comes with the windows 7 home edition and install rhel6 on it?
Jay
Yes, you can.

But first and foremost, if you're not going to PAY for RedHat Enterprise, then DON'T use it. You will NOT get support/upgrades/updates/security or bug fixes unless you do.

Also, bear in mind that the 'server' class distros (like RedHat Enterprise, CentOS, SuSE enterprise, etc.), are made for SERVERS. Consumer-grade hardware (webcams, sound, and other such devices), aren't typically found on servers. While they MAY work, and you MAY be able to GET them to work, you're far better served with an 'open' distro, like mdlinuxwolf mentioned. Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Mandriva are three good options.
 
Old 11-17-2010, 11:34 PM   #5
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Yes, you can.

But first and foremost, if you're not going to PAY for RedHat Enterprise, then DON'T use it. You will NOT get support/upgrades/updates/security or bug fixes unless you do.

Also, bear in mind that the 'server' class distros (like RedHat Enterprise, CentOS, SuSE enterprise, etc.), are made for SERVERS. Consumer-grade hardware (webcams, sound, and other such devices), aren't typically found on servers. While they MAY work, and you MAY be able to GET them to work, you're far better served with an 'open' distro, like mdlinuxwolf mentioned. Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Mandriva are three good options.
Of course, our friend mentioned that he wanted RedHat specifically. Therefore Fedora would be a good choice. I would recommend downloading the ISO9660 DVD with KDE installed on it. If his computer supports 64-bit O/Ss, he should do that too. As a matter of personal taste, I dislike Gnome. I tend to favor KDE or Xfce for desktops. I'm using Fedora 13 Xfce desktop right now, while kmplayer is playing a flash video that I downloaded!!!

Besides the lack of corporate level support, the only other issue with Fedora is multi-media codecs, which require adding a few repositories and downloading extra codecs. Of course, there is no guarantee that enterprise Linux will support all of these either, especially if intended for servers.

I've also found that Mepis is a wonderfully friendly distro & its one of my favorites. Linux Mint has a great reputation but I haven't used it yet personally & so can't rightly form an opinion.
 
Old 11-18-2010, 01:12 AM   #6
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I suggest you lookup distowatch and find a redhat based distro, most people go for fedora, for that closeness you should get fedora core

I you are to learn get vmware or virtualbox tinker with it and install redhat or whatever on it... after all you can have best of both worlds with linux.

~t1nm@n
 
Old 11-18-2010, 01:53 AM   #7
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well there is a VERY big difference in fedora and RHEL /CentOS
i use a bunch of software BUILT for rhel5.x
almost none of it runs on fedora , nor will build from source on fedora without a MAJOR code rewrite .
Fedora uses some WAY too new code
and if the OP needs to use kde3 on fedora -- have fun .

mind you this is code meant for the research lab so...


As snowpine & tbone stated check with Red Hat to see what laptop hardware IS compatible
then BUY a RHEL license
But do not expect all built in 3d chips to work correctly
Nor all sound hardware to work right using rhel5 on a laptop
RHEL was never designed for laptops .
 
  


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