Installation Types

Red Hat Linux defines four installation types: Workstation, Laptop, Server, and Custom. In addition, you can upgrade an existing Red Hat Linux installation by selecting the Upgrade option.[1]

Workstation Installation

If you’re new to Linux, the Workstation installation type is the easiest to perform, especially if you currently run Windows. In that case, the procedure will automatically configure your system to dual boot—whenever you start your system, a Linux utility, GRUB (the Grand Unified Bootloader), will give you the choice of starting Windows or Linux. Both operating systems can reside on a single system as long as you have a large enough hard drive. A typical Linux Workstation installation requires about 1.2 GB of free disk space.

Red Hat Linux provides two primary desktop environments for use as a graphical user interface (GUI) to Linux: GNOME and KDE. These rival desktop managers provide generally similar capability and performance. GNOME is the default desktop option and has been the traditional favorite of Red Hat Linux users. If you’ve used KDE and like it, then you should choose the KDE option. If you prefer to keep your options open, you can select both the GNOME and KDE options, but you’ll need an extra 300 MB or so of disk space to accommodate both options simultaneously. Since this book covers both GNOME and KDE, you should select both desktop environments during the installation process.

Even though the Workstation installation type ...

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