Re: Drop RedHat for Debian
From: Michael Heiming (michael+USENET_at_www.heiming.de)
Date: Sun, 1 May 2005 09:56:40 +0200
In alt.os.linux Paul Miter <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Due to the proprietary structure of RedHat, we chose to drop its usage. We
> even used CentOS as an alternative, but the cost was not the main factor.
We had lots of discussions about the matter and even if the
license seems questionable, it exactly says:
"As a licensee under the GPL and other applicable copyright
licenses, you may replicate the software contained in Red Hat?
Linux? or Red Hat? Enterprise Linux?, whether downloaded from an
FTP site or other electronic download site or copied from a CD
originally produced by Red Hat, and may market the replicated
product in accordance with the terms of the copyright licenses.
However, it would be confusing to consumers if you identify such
a replicated product as Red Hat? Linux?."
> The main factor was the non-standard use of File system hierarchy. We
> prefer standardization even when it comes to a Linux distro and conform to
> the File System Hierarchy Group standards was a big factor.
Strange, try on some recent RH system:
$ lsb_release -v
LSB Version: 1.3
Looks like it's compatible to lsb.
> We have no regrets since the change as we also found Debian to have much
> more to offer in terms of applications, configurations, and ease of
> Thanks Debian - please learn standards RedHat.
Great if it works for you, personally like Debian, it's pretty
fast and apt is a great tool. Using 'yum' you can have more or
less the same on RH and other rpm 4.x based distro. The problem
with Debian and alike, if you want/need to run proprietary
software, there are always only two distro supported by almost
anything, Redhat/Suse enterprise, that's all.
You can download some test suites concerning lsb-fhs directly
from the opengroup (maintainer of the UNIX trademark):
Haven't tried them out.
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