[clug-talk] Red Hat system admin experience vs slackware / debian experience

Michael Gale 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:
>> Hello,
>>  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 
>> slackware.
> 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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