Linux Leaders, Part II: Fedora and Red Hat Derivative Distros

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“Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) are the
most influential distributions that use the Red Hat Package
Manager. Although their influence lags behind that of Debian and
Ubuntu, it is still strong enough that Fedora remains consistently
in the top three most downloaded distributions on Distrowatch, and
is the ultimate source of 50 (15%) of the 323 active distributions

“Fedora, the successor to Red Hat Linux and perhaps the most
influential distribution prior to 2000, is consciously produced as
the source for other distributions. In many of its releases, it is
among the most innovative distros, releasing new software developed
in co-operation with upstream projects. Development is more or less
continuous within its Rawhide repository, with stable releases
produced every six months.

“The main derivative of Fedora is RHEL. RHEL is essentially a
snapshot of Fedora, with extra testing for stability and quality
control, and the addition of backports of some applications
released by Fedora after the snapshot. Since Fedora installs with
SE Linux for security, the result is a distribution well-suited to
server installations.”

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