On Tue, Aug 31, 2004 at 04:27:54PM +0100, Gibney, Carol mentioned:
> We run a Linux course here in the FÁS Training Centre in Loughlinstown,
> at present we are using REDHAT 9 but feel we should probably upgrade to
> FEDORA for the next course.
>> I would appreciate your advice as to whether the upgrade is vital at
> this stage or will training on REDHAT 9 still suffice for trainees
> leaving our course.
Most commercial uses of RedHat are RedHat Enterprise - these are versions
of RedHat that are slightly bugfixed versions of their mainstream release
that they promise to keep updated for five years.
For instance, "Fedora" will have a new release every six or eight months.
RedHat Enterprise will have a new release every three or four years. The
idea is that people that are reluctant to upgrade; like software
developers looking for a software platform, or corporations looking for a
"standard" have something to depend on. The current version of RedHat
Enterprise, for instance is based on RedHat 9 (with about six months of
There is a cost (either manpower or cash) in deploying RedHat Enterprise.
In my workplace, we have chose CentOS for our servers - it's almost
identical to RedHat Enterprise, except that it has the proprietary
It would make an excellent low-cost platform to based lectures on. It
will not change substantially, and will be identical to the current
industry standard Enterprise Linux platform for years to come.
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