Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by michuk
Red Hat "CentOS is an enterprise class GNU/Linux distribution based on the publicly available source packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Just like RHEL or Debian stable, CentOS focuses on stability and security, sacrificing the 'latest and greatest' packages. Is CentOS 5 really that stable? And does it fit on the average Joe's desktop? This is what I'm gonna find out."
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Mathman
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2005-07-08

CentOS only belongs on servers? Good thing nobody told me then. Otherwise I wouldn't have these nice stable little desktops everywhere that I can basically just fire up and forget.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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CentOS only belongs on servers? Good thing nobody told me then. Otherwise I wouldn't have these nice stable little desktops everywhere that I can basically just fire up and forget.
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I agree completely. CentOS is ideal for XDMCP servers. I have dozens and dozens of users using CentOS desktops on a mix of thin clients. (The thin clients are my own customized kickstart installs of either Fedora or CentOS which boot right into a remote gdm login screen fromt the server.)

This last release cycle went on for slightly over two years, and I was forced to upgrade key apps, like OpenOffice and Firefox to later versions. But the usual 18 month cycle works pretty well.

It is a credit to how far Linux has come on the desktop that being on the cutting edge, or anywhere near it, is greatly overrated. 18 month old versions of software are quite good enough.

For business use, with a knowledgeable admin, CentOS is a great choice for desktops.

For home users without an experienced administrator, I recommend Ubuntu.

Edited 2007-04-24 14:19

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