[kwlug-disc] topic request

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Tue May 4 00:54:02 EDT 2010

John, is this what you are seeing in the field / your business as 
well? A move away from RHEL (CentOS)?

Will you be packing up all those skills any time soon?

Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 05/03/2010 10:47 PM:
> On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 6:56 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>> Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 05/03/2010 5:03 PM:
>>  On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 4:41 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>>>  From the original post, it would be more interesting to compare CentOS
>>>> vs.
>>>> Kubuntu (Debian), 1/2 night each, in each of these areas.
>>>> To put it poorly, in essence, popular desktop maintenance vs. popular
>>>> server maintenance.
>>> Why the false dichotomy?
>> It's not false.
>> The sense I have from the list is that in business / servers, CentOS or
>> RHEL is more prevalent, while on desktops it is Ubuntu.
>> Thus, having an understanding of both seems appropriate.
> Yes, that is a common perception, and it has historical reasons.
> First, RedHat had commercial support and support for certain hardware
> that does not have the same support in Debian (and therefore Ubuntu).
> This makes certain server stuff (e.g. RAID controllers).
> Second, there was the "Debian is hard" which was true until a few years
> ago.
> Third, RedHat supported proprietary service based thingies that were
> common on web hosts (e.g. cPanel, WHM, ...etc.), and support for Debian
> was lagging for these.
> However, lately things have swung in favor of Debian, with Ubuntu Server
> Edition gaining traction everywhere. One of the reasons is that it is Debian
> with all the APT goodness there is. Another is that it has a vast central
> repository with everything in it. And yet another is the familiarity with
> the
> desktop provides easy switching rather than a different one for each.
> And with virtualization, support for hardware is not that much of an issue
> if you are managing VPSs.
> So hopefully more people will see the light and switch to Debian/Ubuntu
> on the server.

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