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When I do cat /etc/redhat-release, I got this.

#CentOS release 5.5 (Final)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.5 (Tikanga)

It looks Red Hat Enterprise Linus is originated from CentOS. Anyway I want to use some linux personally which is familiar to me. How the CentOS is different with Red Hat distribution? Can I use it similar manner?

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You have it backwards; CentOS is derived from RedHat Enterprise Linux. From the CentOS website:

CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is free.

It is basically the exact same OS, with different branding logos, is free to download, and support is done through a community of users rather than via a paid support subscription.

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