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Old 08-29-2013, 09:39 PM   #1
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i am currenty having a rhel 6 and centos 6. i am now studying and learning on many stuffs regarding on how to run server such as configuring bind,httpd etc.. But everytime i google something, ubuntu is always there. And now iam wondering what are their major differences
Old 08-29-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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The biggest difference that comes to mind is the package manager - in Ubuntu and Mint, they use Debian style packages, so .deb packages and apt-get etc. where in RHEL and CentOS they use the redhat package managment, so .rpm packages and yum.

Beyond that, there may be some tweaks to the directory hierarchy and boot scripts (systemd vs SysVinit style boot scripts in particular may be an issue), some configurations are different (eg. ubuntu prevents you from logging in as root by default), and the default desktops are different - unity on ubuntu, cinnamon on mint, gnome on CentOS & RHEL, but on a server the desktop probably won't matter since you won't really need a gui normally.
Old 08-30-2013, 02:30 AM   #3
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The easiest way to determine the "basis" of a distribution is the type of package management.
Like Jenni said.

For example RPM packages characterize Red Hat based systems.
-.deb (Debian) packages characterize Debian based systems-

Slackware has it's own tools but unlike RPM and Debian systems does not do automatic dependency resolution.I (think) Arch linux uses 'pacman'

Debian's commandline utility is 'apt' while Red Hat & Fedora's commanline utility is yum:-

Dependency is a program or a library that another program or application needs to run.
They (cmdline utility) both install, update, and remove packages.

The other differences are the desktop envirnments like gnome,unity,xfce and kde.,_Modified

Wish you the best in your studies!


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