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linux or redhat? and some questions

 
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hi,
i havent used linux but i am thinking about it. which is better linux or redhat? does a program compiled in visual c++ 6 work in that. in which language in linux or redhat programed in? how many applications are there for linux? to program in linux which compiler should i use?
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1. RedHat is Linux - just one of the many distributions available.
2. No, Microsoft Windows executables don't run under anything but Microsoft Windows - although Wine is a product that can make Linux look enough like Windows to run many Windows apps.
3. Almost all of Linux is written in C, though the innermost kernel may contain some assembly language.
4. How many applications are there for linux? Lots! Almost anything available for Windows has a Linux counterpart.
5. to program in linux which compiler should i use? We're a little biased towards Java here, I think , but Linux distributions such as Red Hat come with more languages than Microsoft provides for $1500 or so, including C/C++, Ada, Lisp/Scheme, Perl, Java, Fortran, Python, and more. Even a COBOL is in the works.
 
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