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i thought linux had an open licence. why do you have to buy redhat?
 

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linux is free.. you dont have to buy redhat.. you can download fedora core.. its the home version of redhat.. the redhat is now a business application which does cost.. but all the other ones are free for ya to downloda and use..
 

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Seems like they made the redhat name into a n enterprise brand. What you buy is likely support, etc.<br><br>
The free version of redhat can be downloaded as the Fedora project here: <a href="http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/Download" target="_blank">http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/Download</a><br><br>
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You don't have to pay for "linux". RedHat sells support, pretty much, along with a very stable OS for businesses/servers.<br><br>
I'd say 95% of linux distros (distributions/versions) are free. Of course, the support you get through those is forum-based, which often turns out to be excellent...
 

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ooooh k now i get it
 

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Fedora is a fork from RedHat that happened a few years ago when RedHat went to only making enterprise linux. Thats when the Fedora Project got started, and they handed it over to the community. So Fedora is basically a test area for new things that might make it into the next RedHat release. Much like OpenSuSE is for SLED and Novell.
 

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When they say 'free' they mean free to do whatever you want to it pretty much
 

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When the linux community say 'free' they dont mean you dont have to pay for it they mean, 'freedom', as in - you can do whatever the hell you want. <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Will all windows programs work in linux? ive had it with windows xp >:|
 

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</div>No, but you might be able to run some under WINE. There are many great Open Source Apps for Linux that you can find to replace your ones from Windows though.
 

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<a href="http://appdb.winehq.org/appbrowse.php" target="_blank">http://appdb.winehq.org/appbrowse.php</a><br />
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Have a look here for the apps you want to run. But usually you just flick to using linux stuff. as the other guy said there is alot of good linux apps.
 
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