Linked by Andy Richter on Thu 11th Dec 2003 10:46 UTC
Red Hat When I volunteered to do this review I quickly realized that I was asked to review 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server' and not just 'Red Hat Linux'. Then panic set in. How different was this going to be from regular old Red Hat that I've used and relied on for years? Is this going to be a whole new Red Hat with a whole bunch of advanced features that I wouldn't be able to talk about either because I missed them or because I'm not qualified?
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by Erwos on Thu 11th Dec 2003 16:19 UTC

"I agree there should be as little as possible installed out of the box, like gentoo or debian can be. This has always annoyed me about redhat."

At least with RedHat 9, the minimal install is pretty minimal. Most people, like myself, get lazy and click "install everything" because they don't have any disk space issues. But the option is there if you want it.

Re: graphical config tools:
Something people don't consider is that you _don't_ need X11 going on the server to use these. On the server I admin, I just ssh in, start redhat-config-users, and up pops the interface on my local machine, with acceptable drawing performance. There's really no drawback to GUI tools anymore, unless you're doing something very, very weird that the tools don't support (which does happen!).

Re: mySQL packages
There's a mySQL SRPM in the RHEL3 sources, so it's almost certain that it's got some amount of support.

Re: Crossover Office
There's no real point in bundling Crossover Office with RHELWS. A "workstation" typically connotes an engineering or design workstation, where you'd be doing serious work with CAD or other such programs. It's not usually what you put on the secretary's desk for typing up a memo. And, fact is, why not just use OpenOffice? If the secretary's on Linux, presumably everyone else is...

There's also support costs to be considered. The contract you make is with Red Hat. Supporting MS Office for Windows on Linux is not trivial, and Red Hat (wisely, IMHO) has decided that they don't want to take the burden.

The article was quite good overall, and I look forward to installing the server "academic edition" variant.

-Erwos