Basically, yes, you can just copy over the config files. Fedora 6 and
RHEL/CentOS 5 are so similar that unless you look *very* carefully, you
wouldn't know the difference. Fedora 6 was basically Fedora 5 without
all of Fedora 5's bugginess. So yeah, it should go quite smoothly for
Now, if you were going between types of distros, e. g. from Debian to CentOS, then a little more care would be needed, but sure, you could still do it. You'd just have to know where each distro "style" puts the config files by default. But I've done it on several occasions. That's kinda the point of GNU/Linux--you are never locked into one distro type.
If something goes awry, /var/log/messages should steer you in the right direction.
As for the "Server Administrator's Oath," I don't know about anything in writing. But all the "oath" I ever heard of, or had others "take", was the understanding that if you screw it up, you clean it up, and you do your damndest not to screw up...or you're fired. That usually gets people's attention very nicely, and it has the merit of being the truth.
If you're concerned about the kid's "training", then have him read and learn Eric S. Raymond's "How to Ask Questions the Smart Way." I made that required reading for both of my troops before they got "enable" privileges on our Cisco routers.
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