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what is RED HAT programmed in

Ali Gilani
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in which computer language is red hat programmed in???

if it is C, can i edit the code if i learn C++

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Joe Ess
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Linux is not a single program. There is the Linux kernel, which is written in C, then the applications that run on the kernel, which are probably C for the most part, but run the gamut of C++, Java, Perl, Python and on and on. You'd be best off deciding what you want to do, say web applications, and focusing on the languages used for that niche, like Java, JavaScript, DHTML and the like.


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Ali Gilani
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what is gamut???

if i want to program my own distro which lang should i learn???

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Jeroen Wenting
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gamut means range (more or less).

What Joe says is that Linux isn't programmed in a single language.

You'll find parts done in any of the following (and probably a lot more):
C
C++
Assembly (several dialects)
Pascal
Perl
Python
Ruby
Fortran
Java

Forgot to add: Redhat is NOT Linux. It's nothing more than a company packaging Linux with some of their own stuff and selling it under their own name.
Linux as such doesn't even exist... It's the whole of all the distributions out there.

To make your own distro you'll probably need mainly shellscripting for a ton of applications, plus whatever language you decide to use for your installers.
[ June 17, 2004: Message edited by: Jeroen Wenting ]

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Joe Ess
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One of the strengths of open source software like Linux and the GNU applications is that one can build on the work of others. If you want to make your own Linux distribution, there's a bootable CD Linux distribution called Morphix that claims to make it easy. Since it's a bootable CD, you don't have to install it on your computer. Take the CD out of your drive, reboot and your computer is back to normal.
 
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