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Is Fedora and RH Enterprise Linux the same?

K. Tsang

Joined: Sep 13, 2007
Posts: 2758

Hello all, I'm new to linux. I have noticed linux books that mention Fedora also mention Red Hat Enterprise Linux together. So are these the same thing? Is RHEL a <something> version of Fedora Linux?

Joe Harry
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From my understanding, Fedora is more focussed on a Desktop and RHEL is mainly for networked machines and they are like servers.

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K. Tsang

Joined: Sep 13, 2007
Posts: 2758

Wow what a quick response. From my brief glance through those books TOC, thats the idea I got also.
Joe Ess

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Jothi is on the right path: RHEL or Fedora

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Tim Holloway
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Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, WhiteBox (if it's still around) and various other distros are all members of what you might term the "Red Hat family". At least if you keep out of earshot of Red Hat's legal department.

My definition of the "Red Hat family" has 2 major markers:

1 - package management via RPM; the Debian/Ubuntu/Knoppix family, for example uses ".deb" packaging instead.
2 - use of /etc/sysconfig to keep variable data that's used by the initscripts, so that the initscripts themselves don't have to be customized.

Network configuration in particular is very distinct in Red Hat as compared to Debian.

"The same" is a definition that needs context. If you know one member of the Red Hat family, you'll be comfortable with any of the others. On the other hand, that doesn't mean they're identical. Fedora is designed as more or less of a sandbox. It's where the leading-edge stuff gets tried out. RHEL is less volatile, but it has enterprise-level additions suitable for use by medium-to-large business environments.

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