Chapter 20. Running Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux


  • Digging into Fedora

  • Going Forward with Fedora

  • Installing Fedora

In September 2003, the world's leading Linux distribution, Red Hat Linux, disappeared.

Red Hat, Inc., the company that created Red Hat Linux, divided its development efforts in two directions: the Fedora Project, which produces the Fedora operating system (originally called Fedora Core), and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The split came from the desire to better serve two diverse groups with one operating system. Fedora focused on encouraging the open source development community interested in helping develop and test software that would one day go into Red Hat products. Red Hat Enterprise Linux focused on the needs of paying customers who needed enterprise computing solutions.


On the DVD

The Fedora 13 GNOME live/install CD is included on the DVD that comes with this book. You can try out the live version and then install a working Fedora desktop system from this DVD, using descriptions in Appendix A and the "Installing Fedora" section later in this chapter. If you don't have a DVD drive, you can get the software on CDs by downloading them from the Internet ( and burning them to CD, as described in Appendix A.

Both Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux were developed using code from the original Red Hat Linux distribution. Fedora is a community-driven distribution that is intended to include the latest Linux technology and ...

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