remove Red Hat trademarks. Most, like CentOS-5, are freely available; others,like Oracle Linux, require a subscription.
Oracle Linux has tried to undercut Red Hat by developingtheir own rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Their subscriptions cost less at what I presume are similar supportlevels. As I have not tried Oracle Linux, I do not know if youget the same level of knowledge that you would get from RedHat engineers.You can select and download the rebuild that most closely meets your needs. Ihave tried several of the rebuilds, including those developed by CommunityEnterprise Linux (CentOS), Scientific Linux, and Lineox. All have proven reliable.In fact, they are so popular, some suggest that it has led to the demise of theFedora Legacy project, which supported older versions of Fedora Core untilDecember of 2006.The rebuilds of RHEL are freely available; however, you should have a high-speed Internet connection. While these rebuilds do not use 100 percent RHELsoftware, I have not seen any difference that would impair your ability to study for the Red Hat exams.
Community Enterprise Linux
The Community Enterprise Operating System(CentOS) rebuild developed by the group at www.centos.org appears solid tome. This group probably has the largest community (or at least gets the mostpublicity) among the rebuilds.
Formerly known as Fermi Linux, it includes a lot of intellectual firepower associated with the Fermi National Accelerator Lab aswell as CERN, the lab associated with Tim Berners-Lee, the person mostcommonly credited with the invention of the World Wide Web.
Lineox is based in Finland and offers priority updates for a fee. It maybe especially interesting for people in the European Union, as their prices arein Euros. You can find out more about Lineox at www.lineox.net. Alternatively, you can work from RHEL Desktop, if you're willing to installadditional services from the source code. For more information on installingpackages from source code, see Chapters 1, 5, and 8. Using the techniquesdescribed in Chapter 5, you can download the Red Hat Enterprise Linux SourceRPMs at ftp.redhat.com, process them into binary RPMs, and then install themon your computer.For the RHCE exams based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, you can
also work from Fedora Core 6, as RHEL 5 is based on this Red Hat communitydistribution.