Discussions about the Linux industry

Discussions about the Linux industry

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    Clemens Dudek
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    22 Oct 2006, 01:03 am
    It depends ...
    In the late 90s I was using SuSE Professional, even for production purpose (small Oracle SE server).
    Recently I've changed to RedHat/CentOS/XOS when installing Oracle Applications 11.5.x for evalation tests. Ubunut 6.06 Server is nice for Oracle XE installations, since it doesn't take a lot of ressources/hard disk space - buildings small sized "appliances" with this is takes about 1/2 to 1 hour on a slow machine.

    At home, I'm using gentoo for several reasons: the USE flag systems gives me a degree of flexibility which I could only achieve by using Source Packages in other distributions, the dependency system works quite well and portage does have some similiarities to FreeBSD which is also a nice system for certain requirements.
  • Alexander Ellwein
    Alexander Ellwein
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    18 Feb 2007, 10:05 pm
    Re: It depends ...
    I think the question "which distribution to use" depends on three important criteria:

    1) HOW LONG you are using Linux
    If you are a Linux newbie then you want probably choose SuSE or K/Ubuntu, because of nice eye-candy tools ("just want to give it a shot"), easy installation and so on. The more advanced users will take Debian, Gentoo or RockLinux, which may be harder to handle but are also more configurable.

    2) WHERE do you using it
    If you are using Linux at work, where time is critically short and you don't want wait like 11 hours for OpenOffice to compile ;) then you will probably prefer Debian over Gentoo... ;) For linux@home, the option to install Gentoo, RockLinux or LFS is more appropriate.

    3) For WHAT purpose or what do you want to do with it
    If you are a bleeding-edge Linux developer, then you are probably not very satisfied with GNU/Debian stable or something like it, because you will need newer packages. In contrast to enterprise/server environments, where packages really need to prove themselve stable, bevor they can be deployed on the machines. So you get the point...

    In conclusion: there is no such thing as Linux distribution "for all". Everyone will need to try some distris before a choice can be made.
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  • Lubos Kolouch
    Lubos Kolouch
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    13 Dec 2008, 10:43 pm
    Re: It depends ...
    I fully agree with you - Gentoo has two great features for me... USE flags and rolling updates.
    It's a pity that I have the feeling recently that it's "a bit rotting".

    Second for me comes Arch Linux, fast, rolling updates, no USE flags though.

    It's a pain having to worry about upgrade with Debian/RH/CentOS/... when there is a new "release" coming and you need to wonder what it will upgrade etc.
  • Matthias Kranz
    Matthias Kranz    Premium Member
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    04 Jan 2009, 10:54 am
    Re^3: It depends ...
    Stefan Morgenthaler schrieb:
    I agree with Alexander it depends on the following questions witch
    distribution you use:
    * Who will work with it?
    * What kind of work?
    * Server or Home PC?

    Since this group is focusing on Linux and its Business usage, I would
    say that some other criteria might play a far bigger role regarding a
    final decision. That is,

    - Available Hard- and Software Certifications
    Will Oracle support its product(s) running on Gentoo in a
    mission-critical environment?
    Will EMC help out if a mission-critical cluster running on a
    non-certified OS looses data while connecting pushing data into their
    SAN?
    - Long-term Support
    Providing support for a set of packages and their particular releases
    for three, five or even more years is a challenging task.

    That said, most - not all - companies at least think twice about the
    above mentioned topics. And the really large ones do not even have a
    choice because they are forced to fullfil certain legal requirements
    anyway.

    Cheers,
    Matthias
 
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