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Red Hat

Current Version: Fedora Core 4, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Editions: Fedora comes in one edition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes in three versions, ES, WS and AS
Core: Fedora Core 4 - 2.6.12, Red Hat Enterprise Linux - 2.6.9. Both versions are available for x86, x86_64 and PPC platforms
Package management system: Fedora Core - yum based on RPM. Red Hat Enterprise Linux - RPM with up2date online utility
Price: Fedora Core - Free, Red Hat Enterprise Linux - depends on version and support options
Website: [1] (
Reviews: This could be a selection of links to reviews of the product.

  • Note: CentOS is a community-supported rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code. It's useful for developers who want to test for RHEL without paying for licenses, or end-users who want a very stable distro but don't need support.

User opinions: Users might like to submit their own experiences of the distro. What they liked, hated and had problems with.


Nick Veitch The latest version of Red Hat, 9.0, is an interesting departure from the old 6.x and 7.x series. Since version 8, the 'grown up' version of Red Hat, aimed at servers, has been under the new 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' brand. This means that the standard distro could be a little more adventurous, and it shows, in a much more cohesive user experience.
I am, however, one of those people who take exception to the knobbling of various bits of KDE.

Lancer A strongly commercial flavour of Linux which still honors the original GPL. Red Hat has become the most popular distro and receives a lot of press coverage. The company aims for the business buyer and has created a range of 'products' which are the same Red Hat distro retailored for different prefessional needs and purposes (some can be expensive to purchase an authentic original copy). Since version 8.x, Red Hat has merged KDE and Gnome desktops into a singular theme (aka Blue Curve) in order to clean up some of the clutter created by desktop wars between the two. Purchasing Red Hat results in a time of direct online support only available as a 'demo account' if one uses an unregistered copy.