[CentOS] Centos as a desktop, advisable?

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Thu Jul 26 17:44:51 UTC 2007

Chris wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:27:10 +0200
> Peter Kjellstrom <cap at nsc.liu.se> wrote:
>> On Wednesday 25 July 2007, Dave K wrote:
>>> On 7/25/07, Chris Mauritz <chrism at imntv.com> wrote:
>>>> I agree completely.  I don't see any real showstoppers that would
>>>> prevent it from being a fine desktop.  There are a few extras
>>>> that I'd want to grab from the Fedora repos, but you can't beat
>>>> the cost/stability/speedy updates/7 year EOL with a stick.
>>> I agree, but I think the earlier comments have some validity though.
>>> It would be far more useful if certain key apps (e.g. FireFox and
>>> OpenOffice, I'm sure each of us has their own "key app" list) were
>>> kept up-to-date,
>> They are kept functional and secure. I think that is enough in many
>> cases.
>> If someone really needs a special app they can always compile it
>> and/or install it in their $HOME.
>> /Peter
> You are assuming of course that these end users are NOT Windows users.
> I tried Cent as an alt-desktop for our users. It lacks big time what
> the end user needs without the IT department getting involved and
> installing for the end user. 
> IMHO, what Cent ought to do - is some how get hand on the RHEL Desktop
> and see what's done there and work along those lines. 

UMMMM .... In versions of RHEL that are <= 4 ... RHEL Desktop is a
watered down version of RHEL.

CentOS contains all packages that are RHEL proper ... which contains all
 packages in RHEL Desktop.


In RHEL 5 ... the Client/Workstation version does contain some packages
that are not in the server version ===HOWEVER=== CentOS contains all the
 packages that are in BOTH versions.

Therefore, CentOS does contain all the packages that are in RHEL Desktop.

The only exceptions are packages that are not redistributable .. and
those do not come on RHEL CDs, but are only available via RHN ... things
like Java, FlashPlayer, etc.

Johnny Hughes

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