[CentOS] Getting ready for CentOS 5.4

Tue Mar 31 01:29:37 UTC 2009
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

Rainer Duffner wrote:
>> I would love something like Nexenta, but with a CentOS userland.
> What exactly are you missing from Solaris userland that does exist in  
> Linux, BTW?

A package manager that can grab many thousands of packages with their 
dependencies and keep them up to date.  And a large, friendly community 
maintaining those packages.

> Maybe except for all the horrible cat some_arcane_value > /proc/foo  
> or /sys/baz to coax the kernel into doing something.
> But I'm not missing that.
> And I'm not missing Nexenta. Last time I looked, the "free" version  
> did almost nothing compared to the commercial version.
> Which is no surprise, really, and brings us back to square one....

They are supposed to have most of the ubuntu/debian packages available 
for installation.  The last time I tried to install it the big problem 
was the lack of AIC 7899 support and the SATA driver for the other 
machine I would have used.  But that's an OpenSolaris problem, not 
really Nexenta's.

> Linux is everything and the kitchen sink (in terms of features), but  
> few are completely implemented or actually wrapped into an API/ 
> userland tools. Everything is constantly in flux, most stuff get's  
> thrown over every other year (except for the places that would really  
> need it, seemingly) and hardly anybody documents (try to find a man- 
> page for a hw-driver...)

A driver without a man page is more useful than no driver at all...

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com