Re: New releases query
- From: Unruh <unruh-spam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 16:30:34 GMT
"Artnut" <art@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
"Douglas O'Neal" <oneal@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On 03/31/08 11:39, Artnut wrote:
This has flummoxed me quite a bit. Some Linux flavors like Ubuntu, Fedora
and others keep releasing their new versions every six months or so, much
unlike Windows. Ok, let me clear am not a troll here and neither a M$ fan
and am using Outlook Express to post this. But what really is the need
for such frequent releases? Does this prod Linux users to change over to
the new release or new flavor? While the enormous efforts of the open
source community is highly appreciated, the question is why aren't the
patches or upgrades released as it happened with WinXP SP2.
What would the windows patch system look like if you included Office
(which is already optionally included), Photoshop, a video editing
suite, a suite of compilers, web server, email server, dns server,
java, a few dozen games, and also gave you a choice of web browsers
and email clients? Depending on the distribution, patches are also
released regularly - take a look at Red Hat Enterprise. You have
support for a specific version of the OS for a number of years through
patch support. At the other extreme are distributions such as Gentoo
which doesn't have versions as such but is kept up to date though new
releases of individual packages on a fairly continuous basis.
Do you really want to run a 7+ year-old OS that has had only two service
packs released in that time period?
Please refer your last statement about running 7+yr old OS. I agree that M$
very much restrains users in terms of choosing an OS. But choosing Linux
distro is akin to getting lost in the maze. With such wide choice, how does
one figure out which one to settle with? That's what my question included,
if such wide choices prod users to try out different distros. For example,
why should one who has RHEL not go for Suse or one who has CentOS should not
go for Ubuntu. How to figure out what suits one's needs.
??? Choice is bad? If you do not want to shop around ( remember it is free
of cost-- not of time of course) just go with whatever attracts you. As you
say, they are flavours. All are equally nourishing, anything you can do on
one you can do on the other (well, perhaps not true of certain setup
routines). So whatever you choose it will be OK.
If you want to get into the details once you have used one for a year, you
will be far far better placed to make a decision as to whether or not to
switch. It really does not matter much which one you choose.
But as with all consumer purchases, come here and ask-- tell us what your
familiarity level is, your comfort level with computers, and you will be
told what people think. And when you find 10 differnt answers, know that it
does not matter which of those you choose.
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