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Can I use Fedora as a Linux-learning platform, and use CentOS as server?

asked 2014-02-21 18:46:19 -0500

ping pong gravatar image

updated 2014-02-22 16:14:37 -0500

I want to know the differences between all three distributions for a developer perspective, e.g. command, programming, setup server .

I want to learn Linux for programming purpose and server administration purpose. I don't need the latest Linux features. My PC has hardware issue with CentOS, but is working with Fedora 17.

My question is that, can I use Fedora as a Linux-learning platform, use Red Hat-based learning resource (not use new features in fedora), and switch to use CentOS for server using the same commands and kernel?

My understanding is that Fedora is founded to experiment new features for Red Hat. Red Hat might use the features from Fedora. CentOS has the same features as Red Hat with days of delay.

Please help. Thanks in advance.

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Why don't you continue following the documentation for RedHat, while using Fedora; since most, if not all, features in RedHat are also available on Fedora?

ILMostro gravatar imageILMostro ( 2014-02-22 00:50:42 -0500 )edit

What sort of HW issue is there with CentOS? Also, you might want to cosider installing/running the newest version of Fedora (20). There's no point in using a two-year-old version.

rkratky gravatar imagerkratky ( 2014-02-22 05:56:53 -0500 )edit

Thanks all your advice.

ping pong gravatar imageping pong ( 2014-02-22 16:15:12 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-02-22 03:51:26 -0500

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You can do what you are asking about - Fedora is a good learning ground for RedHat systems; I use CentOS server and Fedora desktops on my systems here, and the similarities are very handy.

At the moment the big difference with the init scripts, CentOS 6 is using System V stuff while Fedora has moved over to the systemctl tools. That change will happen to RedHat/CentOS moving forward too, but with the goal of the Server OS to be stable and the goal of Fedora to be cutting edge means this happens.

Follow the advice of @ILMostro and read up on this in the RedHat docs.

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