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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rklrkl
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2005-07-06

> The $50 support license per year is more than worth it.

I've been trying various Linux distros on a Dell Optiplex at work and I did quite like SLED 10, but it's actually the $50 a year support that made me strike it off the list (way before this MS/Novell nonsense cropped up).

There's a myriad of free Linux distros aimed at desktop users and don't forget that XP and Vista are one-off purchases (and are usually shipped with desktops, even eliminating that separate purchase) - updates come free for 5 years or so. There's very few cheap (not annual payment) distros out there that work as both a solid desktop and server OS, IMHO.

I might have considered Fedora Core, but I don't like how fast Fedora Legacy are dumping updates to older FC releases, so my current "favourite" is probably going to be CentOS 5 (based on RHEL 5, in turn based on Fedora Core 6) - free to download, free to use commercially, plus free updates for 5 years.

Yes, some stuff will have to be manually updated (e.g. SpamAssassin/clamav on servers, Firefox/Thunderbird/Open Office on desktops) during that time because RHEL/CentOS tend to lag quite a way behind on those items due to their long-term outlook, but it's probably going to be the best OS to use both on a desktop and server.

BTW, looking on the CentOS site, I see zero mention of any plans for CentOS 5, which is bizarre considering RHEL 5 Beta 1 has been out for a few months now. Anyone any clue as to when work will start on CentOS 5?

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