[CentOS] Is it okay?

Fri Jan 21 16:15:07 UTC 2011
Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com>

At Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:55:56 -0500 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> Les Mikesell wrote:
> > In retrospect I think the world would be a better place if everyone using
> > RH would have walked away the day they stopped permitting redistribution of
> > binaries to the community that had contributed their code base.  But I was
> > too lazy to do that myself and CentOS lets me stay that way (and at the
> time,
> > no one knew how crazy fedora would become...).
> Yeah. I played with slackware in the mid-nineties, then went to RH with
> 4.2. Stayed there until I was ready to leave 9, and I went to SuSE. About
> a year and a quarter ago, came to CentOS. Much happier. fedora "become"
> crazy, Mike? The beginning of '06, when I went to SuSE, I already knew
> that it was bleeding edge, and that wasn't just my opinion, but the
> opinion of a number of folks I know, whose technical expertise I respect,
> including some guy who's initials are ESR (his politica are another
> matter, but that's OT).
> *shakes head* I hate fedora (says the guy who just upgraded someone's
> workstation, and then spent the better part of an hour getting X
> working....)

Yeah, I too started with slackware, then moved to RH (starting with
4.2) pretty all the way to 9 (managed to skip 8).  I install FC2 on an
older workstation and things were a bit of a disaster: it refused to
believe there was a middle button on the mouse and cdrecord refused to
believe there was anything on the two SCSI buses but the scanner -- it
failed to detect the system (boot) disk (!), both the internal CD-ROM
drive and the external CD-RW drive, not to mention neigher tape drive,
the zip drive, and several additional hard drives.  Arg -- at that
point I installed WBL 3.0 on the workstation and all was good
(everything worked properly). I used WBL 3.0, then CentOS 4 and CentOS
5 ever since.

Fedora might be fine as a toy/experimental system, but I'd *never*
recomend it for any sort of production system (workstation, desktop,
laptop, much less server). I guess Ubuntu might be OK for a newbie's
home system, but it is not what *I* am used to.  Whatever else one can
say, there is a continuity from early RH's distros though CentOS, in
terms of system admin (where configuration / admin stuff is and the
tools used to deal with configuration and general admin tasks).

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