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i have a few machines with no OS at my disposal, and im not about to purchase windows, i was intending to use redhat 9.0

now is there a single dvd image for it? or must i make 3 cds

EDIT: i worked with linux like 4 years ago, so im fairly rusty.
will it boot from CD install like windows? or will i have issues

EDIT 2: i am using redhat because im farmiliar with it, but will F@H work on it?
Edited by PCSarge - 10/25/11 at 11:06am
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Why dont you use Mint or unbuntu?

Red hat is more server based isnt it?

Most linux's boot from a disk and then you can choose to install it or just run a "live" program.

If you get Ubuntu you can install it on to a usb stick and save disks
Edited by ryanbob1234 - 10/25/11 at 10:56am
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Red Hat 9.0 is 2003 vintage. Just grab a copy of Ubuntu. The official distribution is a 700MB CD ISO. You can boot it live and/or install.
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Red Hat 9.0 is 2003 vintage. Just grab a copy of Ubuntu. The official distribution is a 700MB CD ISO. You can boot it live and/or install.
with all intentions, im only intending on redhat because im more farmiliar with it, i was intending to set these machines up to fold. a bunch of core 2 duos w/ 9800GTXs should make points like mad.
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Or go with Fedora if you want to take the RPM route. It's not a bad distro, I also tried OpenSUSE and it seemed nice. I personally like the .deb distros myself, I feel they are faster. Well, I should say I prefer Debian. Ubuntu is nice only because of it's massive package repositories, I will say speed wise it's average. Arch was fast but I hate pacman, not just pacman but the entire pkg process in Arch. Anyways, that's my 2c
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If you want something similar to windows, go with Ubuntu or Mint. If you want something similar to RH, go for fedora. I have virtual machines of all 4 on my computers xD need them for software testings

There will be less learning curve going from RH -> Fedora, but if you a familiar with one distro, most of the other distros will not be too hard to get familiar with

The first one is always the hardest
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You could always use a network install CD. One cd and just download the install packages required from interwebz. I did with scientific linux, only 200 MB download compared to 4 GB DVD with all packages.
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As OP is familiar with the Red Hat way of doing things, Fedora or CentOS (or Scientific) are the best options. I'd advise against CentOS as it is server oriented, but Fedora would make a great distro.

Just burn the 1 DVD, and go for it. Try to download the DE (i.e. Gnome or KDE) you used when you used Red Hat 9, if you can remember (use screenshots if you can't remember). Worth pointing out that Fedora uses Gnome 3, which is WAY different than the old Gnome. If you used Gnome, there will be a learning curve whichever way you jump
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