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Old 04-07-2009, 06:38 PM   #1
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Redhat Linux 9.0

Hello everyone,

I'm green to this operating system and would like to know more. WinXP crashed forever on my PC, so I loaded Redhat Linux 9.0 which I had purchase in 2003 as a backup to Windows. Is there a book I can read on this operating system to know how to use it? I know practically nothing about this OS, other than I now have access to a very fast system. Any help will be appreciated.


Old 04-07-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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Well, Red Hat 9.0 is pretty old (March 31, 2003) and linux distros are quite a bit easier nowadays. If you like the Red Hat distributions, try Fedora or CentOS. If you want to try something else, go to distrowatch and download one of the top 10 distros. Sorry, if you don't know, distros are "flavors" of linux. Each one usually contains a selected set of programs all bundled together to suit the creators' need. Other programs can be added and each distro handles things like program installation slightly differently.

The biggest thing to know is that Linux is NOT Windows. You'll have to unlearn some things. You can start by visiting the website of your distribution and reading some of their documentation. The other thing to do is google for "how do I do BLAH in Ubuntu linux?" and see the results. Some distros have better documentation than others. Some prefer command line and text configuration while others have little "wizards" to help you get things setup and running.

You can download most distros as a *.iso file for free and then burn them to a CD to install (use "Burn Disc from Image" in whatever CD burning software you're using).

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Old 04-07-2009, 08:12 PM   #3
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i would install CentOS 5.3 it is current
red hat 9 has had NO support for it for a VERY long time
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Yes RH9 is too old and will not get any support and you will not receive the critical updates. You should consider a newer distribution. If are ok with RH then Fedora can be a good choice. You can also download Ubuntu iso and burn the image to disk and use it for some time before installing it so that you can get used to it.


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