What’s the Deal with Red Hat?
One of the most widely used Linux distros is Red Hat, a popular desktop and server operating system that is available to businesses complete with a paid support contract.
If you’re new to Linux or the concept of paying for open source software, all will be explained via the links below, where you will discover how to install a Red Hat server, discover the advantages of the OS and even get a few tips on gaining certification!
Before you start with this popular operating system take a little time to find out just what the fuss is all about. What is Red Hat? Why is it so popular? What makes it better than any other Linux distro? The answers are all here…
For those of you planning to installing Red Hat as a server OS, all of the steps you need are right here. Typically, a Linux server operating system doesn’t have a graphical user interface (GUI) by default, so installation of this is usually via the command line.
As we know, Red Hat is used in corporate situations, but what about domestic use? Is Red Hat suitable as an operating system for all of the common home-based computing tasks such as social networking, browsing or gaming?
Once your operating system is installed, you will need to know about RPM, the Resource Package Manager for Red Hat. This is a system that manages the downloading and installation of software from various online software repositories. if you're already familiar with Linux then you might recognize this as the usual method, but RPM offers the best user interface for installing and removing software.
Using the package manager isn’t difficult, although it might appear strange at first glance. It can be described as a cross between the Windows Add/Remove programs tool and the Apple App Store, although of course it is a little more complicated than either of these.
With RPM fully understood – perhaps you’ve tried installing some software or drivers – you will need to think about finding some handy utilities for your Red Hat installation. There are plenty to choose from, such as OpenOffice for office productivity and Wine for running Windows software.
If you’re new to this operating system, remember that many functions in Linux are accessed via the command line, and Red Hat is no different. As such you will need to be familiar with the Terminal and the steps required for entering commands.
Whatever environment you’re using your Red Hat computer or server in, don’t forget that this is an operating system used by organizations around the world. As such, certification is available, but before you can be certified, you’ll need some tips…
Of course, it would be useful to know just what you’re studying for. There are many different certificates for Red Hat, seen by many as a real competitor to Windows. Anyone who can add Red Hat certification to their resume will be seen as a top draw candidate at their next job interview.
Red Hat is just as flexible and configurable as many other Linux distros, such as Fedora or CentOS. As such the process for making and using certain types of file is pretty much identical. If you can use Red Hat, then you can use many other Linux distributions!
A Red Hat administrator will need to know how to fully use the Linux tools to perform all of the typical admin tasks in Red Hat, from configuring network settings to establishing workgroups and even adding new users. Other user-based administration will also be required, such as managing usernames and resetting passwords.
Performance issues in Red Hat may be alleviated by additional hardware, but before resorting to this you should investigate increasing the swap space. If successful, this will enable you to improve performance as well as potentially save money on additional hardware!
So why would you choose Red Hat over any other distribution or indeed any other operating system? There are considerable benefits but naturally there are a few disadvantages, particularly if you are migrating from a Windows system. Ultimately, many organizations choose Red Hat because of the excellent technical support on offer.
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