[ic] OT: Alternatives to Red Hat

Ed LaFrance edl at newmediaems.com
Tue Nov 4 13:50:47 EST 2003

Dear all -

I apologize if this is a bit off-topic, but I think that this is a good 
forum for this issue. As many of you probably know, Red Hat is undergoing 
some strategic changes which will result in the near-term demise of Red Hat 
Linux as most of us know it: versions 7.2 - 8.0 will no longer be supported 
as of the end of this year; currently-shipping version 9 will no longer be 
supported after April of next year. Red Hat will instead focus on their 
Enterprise product, which is no doubt impressive - and has mandatory 
licensing and subscription fees.

For those of us primarily concerned with building and operating web 
servers, this is a bit much. Red Hats Fedora project might be a 
possibility, but it's unclear what shape that is taking just yet. I would 
appreciate hearing any opinions on the other Linux dist's from those whom 
have had the opportunity to use them for some time, again in the context of 
interchange and web server services.

Thanks in advance for all remarks!

- Ed LaFrance

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