[Fwd: Re: [CentOS] School Server Setup]

Sorin Srbu sorin.srbu at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 17:44:22 UTC 2008

I realise linux distros are rather a "religious" matter where each 
individual/user/sysadmin/whatever think that "their" particular distro is the 
best. 8-)

With that said, in my case, chosing CentOS was actually a no-brainer, as our 
department had already settled with RHEL3/4 for application reasons years ago. 
Furthermore, since CentOS is a binary compatible with RHEL, and looks and feel 
the same (minus the RHEL-logos), it's also easy to test things out with a free 
OS first.

I however really started out with Fedora Core for a short while, but was 
flustered with the fast update-schedule. Anyway, I don't even know or remember 
how I found out about CentOS, only that I felt this strange rush, much like when 
you put a nice well-worn-in suit or something and it doesn't chafe anywhere. I 
never bothered looking for another distro after finding CentOS.

I even installed it for the beloved mother after I found a potential rootkit on 
her WinXP Home Ed-machine. I had had it at that point... After installing 
CentOS5 for her, I applied the Redmond theme and let her play around for a bit 
with it. Worked like a charm. The hd died on her machine a few months back so I 
reinstalled it for her again, this time w/o the Redmond theme, and it still 
works like a charm for her.

>From a user-perspective, if a 50ish-year-old woman with no interest in OS:es (or 
anything IT for that matter) can use CentOS without a hitch, then neither should 
anybody else. It just works, which I rather like, to put it mildly... If there 
ever was a linux-success story, this is the one.

[advocate mode]If you like CentOS, please buy a RHEL entitlement whenever 
possible. Remember, if there is no RHEL, there won't be a CentOS either, and 
CentOS is too good to loose.[/advocate mode]

That's my 3 oere. 8-)

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From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of 
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:02 PM
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Subject: Re: [Fwd: Re: [CentOS] School Server Setup]

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 7:11 AM, Sorin at Gmail <sorin.srbu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Alain Terriault <> scribbled on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 3:55 PM:
> How do you mean "big sophisticated setup"?
> I think CentOS is rather easy to setup, in fact CentOS was the OS of choice 
> when I first started with linux. I'm not fishing for flaming or trolling, just 
> curious on why you think like you do. 8-)

'ear, 'ear!

I dabbled in Linux for nine years, including a six month
semi-concerted effort to use SuSE/Novell Linux (for which I paid $40),
none of which did it for me.  CentOS, in one month, impressed me
enough to spend almost $400 to upgrade my primary home desktop
hardware so I could install CentOS and run a Windows VMWare guest on
it, and I've never been more delighted with a small system with huge
capabilities.  It was (and is) easy to install and easy to manage, and
the only real trouble I've had with the system has come from other,
non-CentOS related areas (including all the things that I thought were
CentOS problems...).

Them's my $0.03 (inflation, y'know...).

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