Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 16:05 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux As we mentioned in a previous article, Red Hat advocate Greg DeKoenigsberg claimed that due to the much larger amount of code it's contributed, Red Hat is a better open source citizen than Canonical, adding, "Canonical is a marketing organization masquerading as an engineering organization." A Computerworld blog retorts that that's no insult; and that marketing Linux could be just as important to the cause as contributing code. Updated
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Darkmage
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2006-10-20

I'm both a corporate sysadmin, and a home user of linux. At work we're using CentOS and at home I use ubuntu. Frankly, Red Hat RPM based package management sucks. It always has and it always will. RPM is Redhat's greatest weakness and half the reason Debian survives as a distro.. if Redhat switched over to apt-get and .deb packages it would probably deal a large blow to ubuntu's market share. Then again, having everything in/usr instead of /usr/local is very convenient. Sure directory listings can take a while but seriously that's what tab completion and other cli tools were made for. In terms of ease of use Ubuntu is dominating in this area at the moment simply because rather than making a custom solution they are creating/using open tools that are being adopted as the standard. Things like network-manager were adopted into Ubuntu first. Rather than write a crappy perl script like mandrake or their own configuration utility. They backed the standards through freedesktop.org. This is the way the entire stack needs to be done. Red Hat should have jumped into this stuff years ago and not tried to force everyone into using their package management system. (for the record I've used RPM distros, .deb distros, and gentoo/ebuild script based distros.) .deb has been the easiest/least prone to screwing up in my experience. Your Mileage May Vary.

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