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rhel 6.3 versus fedora 17

asked 2012-12-14 04:16:18 -0500

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updated 2016-01-17 21:00:59 -0500

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I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 13'' laptop, Fedora 17 was running on it perfectly. So I purchased a RHEL 6.3 subscription, and than I felt on my face : the wi-fi connection, which is critical for me, did not work at all. Tried a couple of tricks (like ndiswrapper, linux wi-fi driver, etc.), but nothing. Unfortunately my subscription is self support, so Red Hat didn't help me out. Is there any way solve this situation (except to upgrade my Red Hat account, which is 300 USD/year, which I can not effort)?

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answered 2012-12-14 13:08:29 -0500

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RHEL is designed primarily for servers and enterprise use, as opposed to laptops for personal use. RHEL (a downstream distro) sources its packages from the Fedora project (it's upstream distro).

RHEL contains a subset of packages compared to Fedora, which means you are less likely to have a working WiFi card. It's cool that you bought a subscription, but I think in your use case, you would have been better off with Fedora (for personal use, on a Laptop).

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