[ic] OT: Alternatives to Red Hat

dhenao at tampabay.rr.com dhenao at tampabay.rr.com
Wed Nov 5 13:36:01 EST 2003


I will say that in terms of stability, Slackware is the best ever. I love Slackware, but it doesn't mean that I don't accept its weaknesses. Slackware is really hard to update, and you will run into many problems with it when you update your system. I don't know anything about Slack after 8.0, but I have been using Red Hat, and if your concerns are focused on the updating process of your system, RHN is a really big help. You can have one demo account, and it is free. Finally, I have a box P4 512 MB of memory, 40 gigabytes running a demo store for 300 people using Red Hat. The only time that I have reboot the machine is when I need to apply the updates from RHN. Efficiency is fine. It is faster than the ISS they have here for the intranet web site. About Debian it worked with it a couple of times, and I will say that is really good, and it is far away from Slackware in terms of updating packages.

I hope this will help you.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ed LaFrance <edl at newmediaems.com>
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2003 12:16 pm
Subject: Re: [ic] OT: Alternatives to Red Hat

> At 08:43 AM 11/5/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> >Quoting mike karthauser (mikek at brightstorm.co.uk):
> > > on 5/11/03 7:31 am, Nicholas Cook at ncook at intropolis.com wrote:
> > >
> > > > Curiosity question, but why did you switch off of FreeBSD?  
> I ask
> > > > because I have been considering switching to it from RedHat, 
> and I don't
> > > > often hear of people moving away from it.
> > >
> > > I was also thinking this. FreeBSD is a lot easier to keep 
> updated that any
> > > other *nix variety I have used.
> > >
> > > Mac osX is based on it so then you are killing 2 birds..
> >
> >I know there are people running IC on FreeBSD, but Interchange 
> doesn't>run best with FreeBSD. This is due to signal problems; the 
> rewinding system
> >calls cause problems similar to what you see on Linux with Perl 
> 5.8.0.>
> >We have solved the largest problem with it, the one hanging in 
> select, but
> >there are still plenty of boundary cases.
> >
> >It also used to be important to compile your kernel to larger-
> than-supplied
> >values for CHILD_MAX and other values, but I don't know the 
> current state
> >of affairs there.
> Dear Mike and others who responded -
> Thanks for piping in with your opinions. I had also asked this 
> question of 
> a trusted source whom is not on this list, and based on their 
> response, as 
> well as those made here, Debian and Slackware seem to have 
> percolated to 
> the top of the candidates list; FreeBSD is also a close contender, 
> but with 
> the caveats which Mike pointed out above.
> I have the latest Debian stable release in my possession, and a 
> suitable 
> test box - that's where I'll start. Any useful learning 
> experiences as the 
> pertain to interchange and related services will be posted to this 
> list, 
> hopefully to the benefit of others.
> - Ed
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