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Are there any major differences between fedora and red hat?

asked 2017-12-19 17:16:44 -0500

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updated 2018-11-04 03:43:35 -0500

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Is it possible for someone to learn Linux on Fedora and then later use Red Hat without trouble? Also can they use Fedora to study for the Red Hat Certification? I am wondering if there are any gotcha's to tell people about.

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yes! you can!

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2017-12-24 10:31:00 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-12-20 16:20:01 -0500

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updated 2017-12-20 16:21:42 -0500

You can use Centos, which IS RHEL but free, or use the free RHEL offer as detailed by @florian.

The new Centos/RHEL 7.4 uses a modern Gnome, the same one as Fedora 25. Centos/RHEL was always very out of date, but recently they seemed to have changed their ideas and are updating the software on it more often. It's all about stability whereas Fedora is all about latest and greatest.

I would consider using Centos 7.4 if you want to learn RHEL for commercial/career reasons. I just installed it, and it's brilliant. I consider it a long term support Fedora 25 where you type YUM instead of DNF :)

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answered 2017-12-20 13:14:53 -0500

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updated 2017-12-20 13:15:52 -0500

I'd like to add to the two valuable answers from @aeperezt and @BH2017 that you can use Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to learn and study for a certification free of charge: Visit this website and download RHEL within a developer subscription.

You can install RHEL as VM in Fedora using Gnome Boxes or virt-manager, or ...

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Go with CentOS as suggested by @David-LDA Completely forgot about it. Unfortunately, a couple of years ago when I had it installed on my production workstation (not server!!) it was anything but stable.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-12-20 21:00:32 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-12-19 21:33:50 -0500

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updated 2017-12-19 21:35:39 -0500

The short answer is yes, but keep this into considerations, RedHat is based on Fedora, but not in one specific Fedora version, they normally take two versions of Fedora, additional you will find some Features that already exists on Fedora but they are not in RedHat, for instance systemd is on both, but RedHat still uses Yum instead of DNF. One think is for sure if you use Fedora for several version and start using RedHat you will be like fish in the water.

Hope this help.

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answered 2017-12-25 05:37:00 -0500

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Red Hat's based on Fedora and they're pretty much the same thing structurally. Fedora's a bit newer and often has more bleeding-edge applications and kernels while Red Hat's based on stability for the most part. Fedora's for the average person while Red Hat's used in server applications.

You can get Red Hat for free as well IIRC. Check it out. If what you're looking for is stability, I'd also suggest Debian (as well as CentOS, which someone already suggested).

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answered 2017-12-20 00:42:36 -0500

updated 2017-12-20 00:44:46 -0500

From what I understand Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is based on Fedora with the main difference being it's designed for servers and other circumstances where stability is far more important than having the latest software. So its software is fairly outdated, like it still uses GCC 4.8.5 (from ca. mid 2015) when 7.2.0 is out and has been out for over a month. The reason for older software is that its undergoes more testing before entering their repositories.

It also isn't free of financial charge to the end-user like Fedora, releases are supported for longer and paid support is available from Red Hat.

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answered 2017-12-23 14:38:01 -0500

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from a user prospective the both is same in most of the cases .But there is one more thing of redhat it is targeted at more commercial and server use.It also comes with live support(ovisously paid).fedora is more of a desktop based user friendly version of redhat(though to me linux is very user freindly in all versions) feora is more optmised for desktop and laptops.

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