[CentOS] Moving from Fedora -- Advice??

Thu Dec 23 16:40:48 UTC 2010
Paul Heinlein <heinlein at madboa.com>

On Wed, 22 Dec 2010, Paul Johnson wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 11:04 AM, Beartooth <beartooth at comcast.net> wrote:
>>     She's far more likely to outlive me than I her; so I want to 
>> install something requiring a lot less maintenance on her machine, 
>> so that she'll have it and be used to it, years ahead of need.
>>     I'm thinking CentOS 6, whenever it's ready, is probably my best 
>> choice. Any thoughts? (And yes, I do mean what my .sig says.)
> Hello, Beartooth.
> I have given this a lot of thought over the last few months. You 
> certainly can't leave her on Fedora.  That turns over too fast.
> On a server or in a public lab, I run Centos or RHEL.
> This is a Centos list, and I don't want to inspire a big distro 
> flame war, but here's an opinion. If you are serious that you may 
> die and leave your wife with an OS she can't manage, you might think 
> about installing the LTS version of Ubuntu.  The Ubuntu email list 
> folks are more helpful to non-experts. The distro team is more 
> energetic about making device drivers work, even if you happen to 
> own the "wrong" hardware (proprietary drivers for Nvidia video, MP3 
> encoding, etc). They are somewhat like Macintosh in attitude. "If we 
> can't package it up for you to click on, it is not worth doing." 
> That's not the way experts need it, but for somebody who is just 
> using the system, it may be about right.
> On the other hand, if I have a really serious problem, something 
> wrong in the kernel, I'd much rather seek help in the Fedora list. 
> There are more true experts floating about in there.
> I suppose that once you install the OS, the trouble due to automatic 
> updates from either Ubuntu LTS or Centos/RedHat will be about the 
> same.  The trouble will come when she either has to get a new 
> computer or make a major distribution update, eg from Centos 5.5 to 
> Centos 6.0.
> If she needs to find Linux help, my *guess* is that she will be more 
> likely to find a teenager who has used Ubuntu than the others.
> She'd have the same trouble with Windows, the only difference there 
> is that it is easier to find/hire geeks to help on a Windows system.


>From my point of view, that's tremendously good advice.

I too suspect that *among desktop/laptop users* she's more likely to 
find Ubuntu assistance than RHEL/CentOS/Fedora assistance. It's not a 
certainty by any means, but I agree it's likely.

My only bit of unsolicited advice would be to set up a fairly robust 
backup system (using, perhaps, a USB hard drive) and train her on it 
until she's got the procedure in muscle memory. Should the hard drive 
fail, someone will at least be able to restore her data.

Paul Heinlein <> heinlein at madboa.com <> http://www.madboa.com/