Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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RE[2]: Er.... Content?
by twenex on Mon 6th Nov 2006 19:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Er.... Content?"
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And that's exactly what a customer would want - CONVENIENCE.

What was it Ben Franklin said? "Those who sacrifice a little freedom in return for security deserve neither", or words to that effect. I'm not an Amnerican, so I don't have the words off pat, and I'm not going to look it up. You also have to look at whether your vendors interests are in conflict with yours. As a Linux user, Novell's may be. Not a dead cert, but they MAY be.

I, for one, don't have much time during the day to compile source, choose-download-install packages on my own.

Nor do most users; but in fact it's quite easy to set up a cron job to do this kind of thing automatically - and keeping track of what's installed is a lot easier on Gentoo (which I assume you're alluding to) than it is on, say, FreeBSD. Not only that, but once you've used a package cd to install pre-compiled packages, you can then sit and use THOSE whilst your upgrades are compiling.

I view the whole Gentoo stage 1 thing, which again I assume you're alluding to, as a "learn-how-Linux-works" thing, which can be useful if you get into trouble (with any distro). It's the same with, say, books: Most of us read them, but in order to become good at writing them, you need practice, whether you want to do it as a hobby or professionally. And if you don't set aside enough time to practice, then you won't improve any.

As a final point, it's not as if installing SUSE with everything preloaded and Gentoo's stage 1 are the only choices - there's everything in-between, too. Mandriva, for example, has a lot of preinstalled software.

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