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Old 10-19-2011, 07:57 AM   #1
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Which edition should i download

i am new to linux world.i want to use redhat linux os which edition shold i instal in dual boot eniviroment in my pc . i am already use RHEL 5 i386,still i want to know which is better for my personal use is fedora 15 or RHEL 6 or RH 9.
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Not sure, what you are saying but:

Redhat only has trial versions available for free. These expire, if you need a redhat version (no trial), you have to pay.
Fortunately, there is a community driven free release of the redhat (based on redhat's sourcecode packages), which is practicly a clone, called CentOS.
The same packages, same updates, same stability etc etc.. only called differently, and no support by mail or phone, just forum.

But ok, you ask what to use RHEL5, Fedora 15 or RHEL6 or RH9?
Apple vs oranges situation here.
Fedora 15 is a testbed for Redhat releases, thus not stable by design compared to EL.
EL5 vs EL6, use the latest ofcourse (longer support in updates, newer stable software, improvements in redhat tools, etcetc)

But you cannot compare Fedora with EL releases, since their usage is different (also development method), and targeted audience.

EL for top stability, Fedora for expermenting new techniques.
Fedora release cycle is compared to EL, very fast. Suppport for updates etc, are compared to EL, short.

Oh, and DO NOT USE RH9, i repeat DO NOT.... unless you want to be very insecure, use very old programs etc etc..

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Old 10-19-2011, 02:53 PM   #3
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who paid what?

If you have a paid license, GOOD FOR YOU! Install RHEL6: it is supported and what you paid for.
If not, then you need to decide based upon your purpose and goals.

------------- The rest of this is non-RHEL.
CentOS is as stable as RHEL, and updates and patches run a bit behind (but not far behind). They are binary compatible, so most RHEL packages work just fine. New versions are released from one to six months behind RHEL, and have much the same lifespan.

Fedora is less stable, changes MUCH faster (New version targets the 6 month mark. You need to reinstall at least every 18 months, and most people re-install whenever the new version is released). ON the other hand, it has the best and newest TOYS! Wanna play?

If you are playing with it, the newest Fedora you can grab. If you WORK with it: get the latest CentOS.

Never run anything obsolete unless you have an application or compatibility issue that requires the older version.

[ This from the guy that ran C/PM on Vectra and MPM-II on ALTOS in the back room until 2006! ]
[ And don't you DARE get my wife started on my teaching the kids to play old DOS games on DOSBOX and FREEDOS!! ]
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[QUOTE=wpeckham;4502761]This from the guy that ran C/PM on Vectra and MPM-II on ALTOS in the back room until 2006! /QUOTE]
I ran CP/M on my Basis 108 (an Apple ][ close with an onboard Z-80 card) but gave it up back in the mid 1980s.

Fedora supports each release for about 13 months; I run it as my primary OS, but I definitely would not do so in a situation where system stability is important.
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Since you asked specifically which is "better for my personal use," I would say Fedora.

It's designed for personal use, rather than for use in the enterprise.


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