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I appreciate the help I've been receiving by members of this forum, and I offer my sincere thanks for it, but I think maybe my problem goes a little further than I thought. Some of the suggestions I've been given have included pathnames as well as what I should see on my screen. Unfortunately, they don't reflect what is on my computer.

It isn't just suggestions I've been given, but guides and help files I've looked at at this and other Linux sites. While I don't have a good grip on Linux yet, I am able to read instructions and follow them (unless it's something my wife is telling me to do).

So that brings me to the question about my copy of Linux. I'm working with a copy of RedHat 7.0 I bought a long time ago - like when it first came out. I'm guessing that's about 5 years ago. Do I need to upgrade to a newer version of Linux? If so, can someone tell me how to download it? Specifically, I've never been able to figure what all I need to download. That's why I have always purchased a new copy from RedHat.

If someone wouldn't mind answering these questions, I would be grateful, especially if they help me get out of this "nothing looks right" loop.


You don't need to uprade. What you need is someone who is answering your questions for a Red Hat 7 system. Now, unfortunetly, thats gonna be hard to find.

If you are trying to learn, upgrading might not be such a bad idea. As long as your computer can handle it. If its an older computer I would probably suggest staying with 7 and toughing it out. If you are going to do that you will need make sure people know that your using 7 when you ask questions, and find tutorials for 7.

As for downloading a new version if you want to do that, the link at the top of this page titled ISO Images is your best source. From there you can pick your distro and find a mirror to download from.

As for which distro to use. I generally recomend Mandrake to new users because I like it. Red Hat is very nice to, but Red Hat has reached end of life which means there wont be any more updates coming from Red Hat. SuSE is good to. Other things like Knoppix and Slackware are just fine. Really it comes down to choice. You could ask ten people that question and get ten answers. I am just the first to respond.

Straight up, it comes down to your system, if its older, stay with 7. If its new maybe you should try upgrading if your not to settled in to 7. Got more questions? Ask them.
I would say that upgrading is good .... if, like lest0039 said, your computer can run the new versions of linux.

If your PC is 128mb RAM (192 mb is even better) or more, is a PIII 500 or better and you have 5-8gb of hard drive space, you should be able to upgrade without too many problems. I would upgrade a machine with those specs or better to either Mandrake 9.2/10 or FedoraCore 1.

If you have < 128 mb RAM, I wouldn't upgrade to a new version of linux with Gnome or KDE.

I would recommend upgrading to at least redhat 7.3 though ... reguardless. And I would recommend adding all security patches to the version that you have.
As a non-Linux-genius I feel like I can support lest0039's claim that Mandrake is good for new users. The install is extremely forgiving, and most of how it works seems to make a lot of sense. It's true, they haven't implemented any system yet whereby you can point to anything and have a box appear explaining how it works; however, when they do tell you how something works, they're quite often correct.
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