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Finding downloads for Red Hat Linux and Fedora

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I installed Red Hat Linux 4ES. I want to download something for it but I cannot find any apps that refer to Red Hat Linux 4ES, only to Fedora 386 or Fedora 486. I searched all over my system for help, but with no luck. How am I supposed to know what to download for Red Hat Linux?

Fedora, or the Fedora Project, is a Red Hat sponsored community and a free open source product, unlike Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) which will cost you money. There are different types of distributions of Red Hat Linux 4. ES is the entry/mid-level server version. Also available are Red Hat AS (high end server), WS (the high end client) and Red Hat Desktop, the general purpose client. The one that you think you have, the ES version, is marketed as an entry level mid-range product for x86. It can support up to two CPUs and 16GB of RAM. Other than its support for larger systems, it can do most everything else that AS can do. To clear up the confusion surrounding AS, ES and WS, Red Hat has eliminated this structure in RHEL5. The new model that Red Hat has created around Fedora and RHEL has been so successful that Sun is even copying it now for their future Solaris plans.

Regarding your problem, I don't know why you are seeing references to Fedora. You might not have the version you think you do. Try this.




_29_138_66 proc]# uname -a && cat /etc/*release
Linux 172_29_138_66.dal-ebis.ihost.com 2.6.18-8.el5 #1 SMP Fri Jan 26 14:15:14 EST 2007 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5 (Tikanga)
[root@172_29_138_66 proc]#

As you can see from my output, I am running RHEL5. What do you see when you try it? From an application standpoint, most everything that runs on Fedora should run on RHEL and vice versa. If you want a version of RHEL4, download it from Red Hat.

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