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I am confused between the 2 Linux Distros, (i) Red-Hat and (ii) Fedora . I had a belief that Red-Hat has been reduxed to make Fedora. However seems that is not the scenario.

Further, when I tried to download Red-Hat, it again took me to the Fedora website. Can someone please explain what are these 2 distros ?

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If you are wanting to try Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) check out CentOS. It's exactly the same as RHEL but with copyrighted RedHat logos removed.

Basically it boils down to:

  • RHEL = CentOS = Oracle Unbreakable Linux - Server OS, with stable packages and 'certified' to run certain proprietary enterprise software. Has ancient version of most packages (by Linux standards)
  • Fedora - Has all the spiffy new stuff. Good as desktop or development server. Has all the cool new toys. If you buy Oracle softare/support contract and then call them about using their database on Fedora they will laugh an evil laugh and tell you its NOT Supported!
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That is the exact piece of information I wanted !. – Arkapravo Jun 20 '10 at 9:41

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is an enterprise-class Linux distro whose goal is long-term API/ABI stability. Fedora Linux (Fedora) is a developer-class Linux distro whose goal is to test and showcase new technologies. Every few years a new version of RHEL comes out, containing stabilized forms of the technologies previously used in Fedora.

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Take a look at this it might help.

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Nice, simply put Red Hat means money ! ... Fedora is Free ! – Arkapravo Jun 20 '10 at 6:39
@Arkapravo: The money really isn't the important part. There are several no-money clones of RHEL available. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 20 '10 at 7:29

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