[clug-talk] Enterprise Linux?

Michael Gale michael.gale at bluesuperman.com
Thu Jan 20 22:56:34 PST 2005


Gentoo ... I still prefer Slackware, my order would be:

1. Slackware
2. Debian
3. Open/Free BSD

I doubt that the Slackware community would let it slip away.

Michael.

Travis Rousseau wrote:
> Yes this is a Major thing! If this would have been asked before he got 
> sick i would have said just Slackware but now I say Debian first then 
> Slackware second he does have people to carry the distros if something 
> does happen to him _But_ I don't know if they would just support it for 
> a few years and wonder of or if they would take command and they will 
> take his place. Because of this I have switched my #2 server to Debian 
> (#1 runs RHEL3 :( ) from Slackware. But Slackware is still in my top 3 
> favorite Distros 1.Gentoo 2.Debian 3.Slackware
> 
> I will recommend Gentoo once 
> http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/glep/glep-0019.txt makes enough progress 
> (Doesn't look like it though :( )
> 
> Travis R.
> 
>> An honest question - since I can't profess to be an expert on 
>> Slackware:  how comfortable are you (and other Slackware experts) with 
>> the distros' survivability, if something should happen to its chief 
>> maintainer? From what I had read, there was a recent rather serious 
>> health scare (fortunately seems ok now) - so this issue can become 
>> very real in a hurry ...
>>
>> I'm asking the question, since for an enterprise situation without 
>> considerable inhouse expertise, you'd really hate to be stuck with a 
>> strategic tool to your infrastructure, if that tool would seriously 
>> suffer from the absence of a single individual. Of course, if you have 
>> significant inhouse expertise, the hop to a different distro isn't as 
>> dramatic as hopping between operating systems or even hopping between 
>> various flavours of Unix.
>>
>> ...Niels
>>
>>
>> Michael Gale wrote:
>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>>     I agree with Travis, Debian or Slackware make a enterprise 
>>> distro. I my self am a big Slackware fan.
>>>
>>> Michael.
>>>
>>>
>>> Travis Rousseau wrote:
>>>
>>>> Ok sorry but the DVD Novell sent me was a dud :( just won't work!
>>>>
>>>> I would recommend Debian woody or Slackware for enterprise "like" 
>>>> situations or where you need low maintenance equipment and want 
>>>> stability but dont need really good support (In my opinion google 
>>>> can provide some of the best support just by googling the errors)
>>>>
>>>> I use Suse 9.2 and the like for more desktop situations where 
>>>> stability is not as critical (In my opinion)
>>>>
>>>> Travis R.
>>>>
>>>> Travis Rousseau wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Well for Redhat I have one RHEL3 server and a few RH9 and FC3 
>>>>> computers.  From them there is a few main differences the first is 
>>>>> support for RHEL Redhat provides support right to you. For FC3 you 
>>>>> find what support you can (You'll find it for everything!). The 
>>>>> second main difference is your not using release packages (or at 
>>>>> least me) with RHEL3 your using old packages with security fixes 
>>>>> back ported to older "Known to be fully stable". Now with fedora 
>>>>> core you get the packages at release time and they have undergone 
>>>>> little if any testing so you do not know how well it will react in 
>>>>> the situation it is put in and you must worry about package 
>>>>> discrepancys.
>>>>>
>>>>> I will install a Suse Enterprise server 9 from novell right now and 
>>>>> report back the diffrences for suse.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Travis R.
>>>>>
>>>>> Shawn wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> I have a contact who is considering an enterprise Linux solution, 
>>>>>> but I don't think he really needs one.  Before I give him my 
>>>>>> "formal" opinion, I thought I'd ask what the difference is between 
>>>>>> a regular desktop version and the enterprise version of Linux. 
>>>>>> (say Suse Pro vs Suse Enterprise)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> As I understand things (and freely admit I could be wrong), there 
>>>>>> is no difference other than the bundled support contract with the 
>>>>>> Enterprise edition.  Is this correct?  Or are there other 
>>>>>> differences in terms of available packages or the "quality" of the 
>>>>>> packages?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks for any input.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Shawn
>>>>>>
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