We chose Fedora Core 1 as the Linux operating system to illustrate Linux troubleshooting. We go through some of the reasoning behind this choice in more depth in Chapter 1. Basically, however, we chose Fedora because we felt it was the best free Linux you could use to learn troubleshooting techniques that would span from home desktop systems to corporate enterprise computers.
Despite many people's fear that Fedora Linux might lack quality without official long-term support from Red Hat, Inc., we found the first release of Fedora (Fedora Core 1) to be quite reliable. There is also a strong (and growing) community to support Fedora Linux distributions.
If your goal is to be a professional Linux system administrator, learning Fedora will help you learn skills that are immediately transferable to Red Hat Linux (versions 8 and 9 in particular) as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (version 3 in particular). All of those operating systems use the same installer (Anaconda), graphical administration tools, and desktops (bluecurve theme on KDE or GNOME desktop environments).
You may want to build a business around providing computers installed with Fedora distributions to small businesses, schools, or nonprofit organizations, as many people are doing today. Or, you may want to learn skills that will transfer easily to large Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations. By going through the procedures and learning the tips in this book, you will learn tools and techniques to help you trace down and repair problems with Linux, as well as learn how to prevent problems before they occur.