RHEL Vs Fedora Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux or RHEL and Fedora are two popular rpm-based Linux distributions. Both have many similarities as Fedora is an upstream distribution for RHEL.

Today in this article we will see the differences between RHEL and Fedora Linux.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux or RHEL is an open-source rpm-based Linux distribution that is designed for business. It focuses on high stability and security and uses Fedora Linux as its upstream source.

The company which develops RHEL is Red Hat which is a subsidiary of IBM. Anyone who wants to use this distribution will have to buy the annual or monthly subscription which includes technical support and the Red Hat network.

It is released for different server versions including x86-64, Power ISA, ARM64, IBM Z, etc, and the desktop versions for x86-64.

Fedora Linux


Fedora is a Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution that is an upstream source for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

It focuses on innovation, integration of new technologies early, and working closely with upstream communities so that changes made are available for all Linux distributions and should not be limited to Fedora only.

It has a short life cycle of around 13 months and a new Fedora version is released every six months. Officially it releases three editions of Fedora –

  • Workstation – Focused on PCs
  • Server – For servers
  • IoT – For the IoT ecosystem

Some other editions of Fedora are –

  • CoreOS – Focused on cloud computing
  • SilverBlue – Focused on immutable desktop specialized to container-based workflow

RHEL Vs Fedora Linux: The key differences

The following table shows the key difference between RHEL and Fedora Linux.


From the above discussion, we can conclude that Fedora can be freely used by all types of users and RHEL is a paid distribution that is generally used by large businesses.

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