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Re: Question for our users

> Fedora is a distribution of Linux that is used by Red Hat as a testing 
> ground to prove and test software for its flagship Red Hat Enterprise 

Actually Fedora Project is a distribution of Linux by the Fedora Project,
and given its focus on things like NetworkManager and end user desktop
its hardly just a testing ground for enterprise software. In fact much of
Fedora is stuff nobody would ship in an enterprise distribution...

> Linux. Red Hat was, at one point, a free, open source distribution until 

It still is.

> the model was changed and now Red Hat is a purchased, enterprise-level 
> distribution of Linux

The code is free, and you can get that code from people like Centos all
nicely packaged up and ready to go. RHEL is basically service, support,
certification, compatibility testing and training built around free

> Fedora, in essence, has taken the free version of Red Hat.

Pretty much - Red Hat x (as opposed to RHEL) was the end user desktop
targetted distribution

> New users should avoid Fedora unless they want to be forced to learn the 
> ins and outs of solving Linux issues.

Fedora is designed to be leading edge. That doesn't mean its not for
general users and you have the advantage in the Fedora community that
most of the people who know how it works actually are involved in Fedora
(whereas some other distributions they just package it and pray and if
its bust you just get newbies asking each other what to do)

If you want a current desktop then Fedora is a very good candidate. If
you want a box you can set up and forget about for five years then Centos
may be a better match particularly for servers. OTOH the nice desktop
stuff is only in current distributions (Fedora or otherwise) so there is
a lot of benefit from being close to the edge.

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