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Old 03-09-2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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Unhappy Does it not free any longer to download redhat 9.0?


Is it ture? I'm a newbie
 
Old 03-09-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums! Red Hat 9.0 is obsolete. You can download the current Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 from http://redhat.com. The first 30 days are free, after that, you will have to pay a subscription.

Depending on your needs, you might prefer to use a distribution such as CentOS or Scientific Linux. These are built from Red Hat source, so they offer the same features, but are free to use.
 
Old 03-09-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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Or you can use Fedora if you are interested in a desktop environment.
 
Old 03-09-2011, 09:31 AM   #4
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I'm a newbie
As others explained, you almost certainly shouldn't want an obsolete version of RedHat.

So if you had a valid reason to want something in the Red Hat family, but want something free, then look at Centos or Fedora.

But more likely, you don't even have a valid reason for wanting Linux in the Red Hat family. The fact that you asked about redhat 9.0 doesn't imply good things about the quality of info you have so far for your decision. There's nothing wrong with not knowing such things. You said yourself you're a newbie.

The whole Red Hat family within Linux is not very good for newbies. You would be better off with Ubuntu (which is in the Debian family of Linux distributions).

I used to recommend Mepis, which I use myself at home, because I think KDE was much more beginner friendly than Gnome. Mepis is quite similar to Ubuntu but has KDE as the default desktop rather than Gnome (Mepis also has a few other details more beginner friendly than Ubuntu).

But the beginner friendly KDE has been replaced by KDE 4, which is not at all beginner friendly. If you want KDE 4, I think Mepis is a much better choice than KUbuntu (the KDE option based on Ubuntu). But I think KDE 4 is flawed enough that Gnome is better. I still use the older KDE myself.

You can switch almost any Linux distribution to almost any desktop. But a beginner is much better off selecting a distribution and desktop together and sticking with the desktop that is the focus of support for that distribution.

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Old 03-09-2011, 09:32 AM   #5
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Fedora is a beta version of RHEL. If you want 100% free Red Hat, use one of these:
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=centos
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?dis...ion=scientific

And as johnsfine said - you don't want to start with Red Hat. It's not for home users.

P. S. Good distros for beginners: Mint, Mepis, Debian, Mandriva, OpenSUSE, maybe Sabayon although I'm not sure about the last one.

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Old 03-09-2011, 09:45 AM   #6
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Fedora is a beta version of RHEL.
Fedora might be the -basis- for RHEL, but I think it would surprise the whole Fedora development community if you told them that their project was a Beta Version of RHEL.

As far as it being good for beginners, I would respond that -- it is fine for beginners. Most any current linux is fine for beginners. As Long As Those Beginners are not just looking for a Windows replacement.

I do like the list that Mr. Alex provided as well: "Mint, Mepis, Debian, Mandriva, OpenSUSE" although I have never used Sabayon. OpenSuse is a fine product.

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Old 03-09-2011, 04:25 PM   #7
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Centos and Scientific and even Oracle's linux would be similar choices.


There are places to get RH9 still and it was free so I assume it is still free as to the point of it's EULA.
 
  


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