[clug-talk] Red Hat system admin experience vs slackware / debian
michael.gale at bluesuperman.com
Wed Mar 2 19:30:16 PST 2005
Supporting Slackware is easy enough ... I am not worried about getting
support from vendors. I have been using slackware through out my career
for all of the servers I have built.
Mark Lane wrote:
> Michael Gale wrote:
>> I am wondering how a career in system admin with slackware or debian
>> would compare with being a system admin in a RH only network ?
> The basics are the same but to properly administer a RedHat box there
> are certain ways you should do things. IE don't install with make
> install but use rpms. If you want a custom build, make an srpm to do
> it. It's trival to create a new kernel config and rebuild the kernel
> rpm. Nothing worse than fixing a redhat box where people have installed
> packages straight from source. If you do install from source you should
> always install to /usr/local so not to mess up installed rpms.
> You need to learn how to use tools like chkconfig and service. Learning
> how to properly configure networks and stuff using the /etc/sysconfig/
> directory scripts. Studying for the LPI or RedHat certifications will
> give you a good overview.
>> Would there be much difference ?
> Well Slackware using BSD initscript as opposed to Sys-V Init Scripts. It
> takes more time to setup a slackware box because it doesn't have much in
> the way of hardware detection in the installer.
> Setup properly Redhat is easier to use when supporting clients. Also
> it's easier for a client to get support for than Slackware.
>> I have only used RH for desktops a few times and usually go back to
> I use RedHat and Fedora because I need to support the products. It's
> easier to support a product you use yourself.
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