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Old 12-04-2006, 07:43 AM   #1
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Smile Need to update basic sys install to latest version

I am very new 2 Linux so pls b gentle with me!!

I have done a base install of RHL 9 and would like to update this to the latest fixes and patches. However, I don't know how to do this or where I can download them from!!???!!

Any help will be much apprepricated
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You can get the latest fixes via the Fedora Legacy project:

However, unless you have some compelling reason (hardware or software) that you have to run Redhat 9 I suggest installing Fedora 6. The legacy project will stop providing support at the end of the year.
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Need to update basic sys install to latest version

RPMs are packages. (RPM = Redhat Package Manager).

You can find RPMs for RH 9 on places like rpmfind: (See rpmseek there.)

That site will let you search for specific packages and will show you locations for rpms for RH9 and other distros.

However RH9 is really old. If you really want to update everything you should consider installing something more current.

After RH 9 RedHat took their name back for commercial distributions so those are now called RHEL (RedHat Enterprise Level). The equivalent non-commercial distributions were rebranded as FC (Fedora Core). FC6 is out already so you are 6 major release back.

I wouldn't recommend going to FC6 as it is bleeding edge but you should at least go to FC4 as it is the first one that had the 2.6 kernel (FC3 has the 2.4 kernel) which is a significant change that all newer distros are using.

Also by going forward you can use "yum" to do subsequent updates instead of installing individual rpms. The main benefit being that there are usually dependencies between rpms so when you try to install one it tells you it needs another and then that one tells you it needs another etc... It can get quite maddening and yum gets rid of all that madness.

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Old 12-21-2006, 05:30 AM   #4
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On the other hand you can install CentOS it is very much similar to RedHat but the Enterprise Version. This one has a package manager (yum)that can do that all those fixes for you.
If you still insist on RH9 then you can attempt to register with redhat for access to their update and rpm proxy server where you can get these fixes and patches you want for the base install. I believe now you have buy a license so as to get the latest versions of fixes, patches and kernels.


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