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Old 09-15-2003, 04:46 PM   #1
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RedHat 9 updating?

Before I consider putting RedHat9 on my main system, I'd like to know how to update the kernel and other things when necessary. Do you have to pay RedHat to do so automatically, or can I download and install updates manually? Also, I have RedHat9 from the download site, is that the Personal or Pro version of the distro? Can this version be updated? Is there a very complete reference book I can use to learn all the commands or is the web a better place for that? I do know some commands and how to navigate through folders, but in terms of adding hardware,& installing apps, I'm not familiar with that.
Old 09-15-2003, 05:38 PM   #2
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i) the software included in the personal version, up2date, is easy to use and will help you to keep your computer up to date.

ii) if you didn't pay, you probably have the personal version.

iii) linux is free as in freedom, you have the freedom to do what you want.

iv) see the "rute" guide in my signature for a great reference and learning book.

Hopefully you'll have lots of fun with Red Hat Linux, and the Linux experience in general. Good luck!
Old 09-15-2003, 09:41 PM   #3
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You can go here:
they have alot of apps for you to download. Check out apt-get for rpm and you can keep updated with ease.
Another site that will become your friend:

And yes you can stay updated for free.
Old 09-15-2003, 10:22 PM   #4
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yeah red hat comes with the option of using the red hat network for free... you run a little proggy called up2date that lets you know what updates are missing and it will walk you through the install... you have to register... its free...

there are other ways, also... not just for updating, but for installing, uninstalling, and most of all, DEALING WITH DEPENDANCIES...


also, if you are starting out, i would suggest you try mandrake 9.1... its red hat based but way much friendlier... for example, it comes with a tool called urpmi which makes installing/uninstalling/updating packages a breeze...

for example, to update the whole system to the latest mandrake rpms you would do this:

urpmi --auto-select

thats it!

you can get mandrake here if you want to check it out:

you can grab the red fedora hat over here:

good luck!


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