I want to try a very stable Fedora/RHEL - based Linux.

I learned that Fedora is meant for developers (not home users like me), and its purpose is to stay very up-to-date, therefore to update specific programs frequently, even go to a new system version twice a year. While it is said based on Red Hat, Fedora is in fact a newer, less-stable version than Red Hat (although arguably more stable than many other distros) - or the other way around: Red Hat is based on an older, more stable, long-term and better tested version of Fedora.

I have learned that there are some non-commercial Linux systems based directly on the more stable, more long-term Red Hat itself. One is CentOS: but is meant for servers, not home users. Another one I looked at is Scientific Linux: only it is meant for institutions and labs, and not only came with a very old KDE4 desktop (the risks I have to take), but it lacks basic features like support for ntfs partitions.

CentOS might be the thing, but is there a homeuser-meant Linux based on RHEL-stable, as an alternative to CentOS?

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  • @Christopher - Yes. But RHEL-based distros there are not listed as such, there is a Fedora-based list. You see the problem. Centos and RHEL are listed as based on Fedora, when in fact Fedora latest is newer and - if not properly rolling - very fast updating. So, they are based on an older stable Fedora that is and was never to be found, because under that name it was always fast-updating. Korora seems closer to my homeuser criteria, but in fact it is strictly following Fedora's updates. (I already use Fedora). – user32012 Mar 30 '18 at 12:47
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    I disagree about Fedora being for developers. I'm running desktop PC with Fedora 25 (yeah, need to upgrade to 27...) + KDE with much convenience for couple of years now. Mainly using it for web, media, mail, graphics (Krita, GIMP), disc burning, downloading and all that fun, including sysops. Very stable after last updates it received. I'll also add music production and see how it goes then... but that needs to wait until I've upgraded. Also: used CentOS 6&7 as desktops - also great, but require more time and work from user. – yahol Mar 30 '18 at 18:46
  • Been using Debian on a laptop for many years. Does everything I need - home and professional. – roaima Mar 30 '18 at 20:54
  • This one's not fedora based, but if you want something that's supposed to "just be" on the computer and work, you might find SolusOS to be for you. It's kind of rolling, but made to "just work" without having to tinker with it. Something to consider if fedora is too fast-paced with its upgrade cycle. – Mioriin Apr 1 '18 at 0:34
  • @Mioriin - I know about Solus. For some odd reason I cannot install it. The initial update after installation invariably breaks the system on my machine. – user32012 Apr 1 '18 at 21:44

You can get a no cost RHEL Developer Subscription... 1 per user. Google on "Developer Subscription". You don't necessarily have to be a "developer" to get this.


  • Yup, using it myself at home, as a lab and playground for learning in professional context. It runs, however, on old PowerEdge server, headless, minimal installation with virtualization. Haven't tried it as a home desktop, but it can serve almost any other system as a VM with remote desktop graphics, which works well on gigabit lan. – yahol Mar 30 '18 at 18:49
  • Note that this subscription entitles you to run on one physical and 100 virtual machines. – Michael Hampton Mar 30 '18 at 20:02
  • I guess that is a good answer, but not better than just saying CentOS. I would like to provide an answer myself on that (the question is still on hold though), because now I see that during the installation procedure one can avoid selecting all the "development" stuff and can just select the desktop (Gnome3 or KDE4) and the office/multimedia stuff, which provides something very close to what was asked. (I guess RHEL also asks you to select what to install in the same way.) – user32012 Apr 4 '18 at 11:22