Linked by Michael Hall on Thu 15th Jul 2004 07:35 UTC
Slackware, Slax My first experience with Slackware Linux came with version 9.1, after 4 years of using various versions of Red Hat and SUSE Linux. I disliked the general direction these distributions were moving in and didn't see their increasing focus on the "big end of town" as auguring well for either myself or clients of my small one-person IT consultancy business. I quickly became a Slackware convert and have since used it exclusively for all my server deployments. Check in for more and 15 screenshots from Slackware 10.
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by Mephisto on Thu 15th Jul 2004 19:25 UTC

The "graphical tools" you or I might use to install Linux on a single desktop don't count for much when you need to roll out hundreds of Linux desktops and the servers that support them. When those kind of customers talk about support, they mean paying the vendor to provide people and tools to make those things happen. Slackware is as capable a distribution as any, but Patrick V. has chosen another path.

What you are discussing is Teir1 support, and that is what people pay Redhat thousands of dollars a year for. What we are discussing though is SMB: small, medium businesses with under 500 employees. This is a different range. The author is a single consultant shop, his target market is not Kraft with 150,000 employees (sheer guess), but a shop with 10-100 employees. A small shop does not need (nor can they really afford) Teir1 support. Take that away and the advantages to Redhat are much less significant. Not to digress too much but Redhat lacks a product that can serve for large scale roll out and automated administration of Desktop systems as well. They have the support infrastructure but nothing to help with such a rollout. Sun JDS is probably the most likely candidate for such an action at this stage.

Enterprise at that level is very lucrative in revenue, but also very small in volume.