The Fedora Core 6 DVD that
Even in a book that pushes the 1,000-page boundary, a few topics don't seem to make the cut. After you have gone through the book, you can visit the companion Web site at
With improved tools for learning about the contents of Fedora Core software packages, we decided to move the 40+ pages of Fedora Core software package descriptions to the Web site. Topics moved to the Web site from previous editions of this book includes information on using legacy UNIX remote commands (
, and the like), running Tripwire to manage system security, running a NetWare server in Linux (mars_nwe) and using crack and other password protection tools. Features moved from the immediately
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In This Chapter
Introducing Fedora and RHEL
What is Linux?
Linux's roots in UNIX
Common Linux features
Primary advantages of Linux
What is Fedora?
Why choose Fedora?
The culture of free software
Linux was a
Sponsored by Red Hat
Supported by the Linux community
A proving ground for software slated for commercial Red Hat deployment and support
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, on the other hand, became the basis for Red Hat's fully supported product line, geared toward big companies with the need to set up and manage many Linux systems. After taking its software through about a year and a half of Fedora releases (about once every six to nine months), a commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product line is released that includes:
Subscription service to RHEL that offers stable,
Multiple support programs,
Official documentation, training, and certification programs
Fedora Core has, itself, become a respected and active Linux distribution that thousands of people use worldwide as a desktop, server, or programming workstation. It is the best way to get the latest Linux software that is being built on a foundation for
Using Fedora Core is a great way to get a head start learning the features of upcoming RHEL releases. The complete Fedora Linux operating system (referred to as Fedora Core 6) is included on the DVD that comes with this book. The two CDs you get include a Fedora Core Live CD (which doubles as a network install CD) and a Fedora Extras CD (containing hundreds of extra software packages).