fschmid at archenergy.com
Wed Sep 24 10:20:01 MDT 2003
--On Monday, September 22, 2003 03:58:19 PM -0600 Kirk Rafferty
<kirk at fpcc.net> wrote:
> Ferdinand is correct, SuSE and Red Hat are very different. This is
> one of the reason that Red Hat and SuSE "fans" are so fervent in
> their support of one, and condemnation of the other. :)
I don't condemn RedHat users although I mostly run SuSE. What brought
me to SuSE is their higher quality standards and support of newer
hardware/software. You can, for example, select a ReiserFS, XFS, JFS,
or ext3 file system to install to right out of the box without
touching the kernel or its modules. ACPI was included for a while
now, which allows you to run on newer laptops. You can do all of this
with RedHat - but it requires better user skills and more time. I am
willing to pay the distro price for these services.
However, I do have to admit that it bugs me when people think RedHat
IS Linux and every other distro descends from RedHat. My assessment
is that RedHat does a much better job marketing Linux than any other
Linux company. SuSE does a better job creating technically solid
Linux distro (including security services) for everyday Linux users.
SuSE's Linux marketing is terrible at best - but they really
contribute lots of innovative features to Linux, often together with
IBM (like porting Linux to Mainframes, and being a major contributor
for the Athlon64 port). Of course RedHat also innovates and SuSE also
markets - lets not forget who developed RPM ;)
We really need both, PR and technology. So I am very glad that RedHat
is such a visible Linux IT company.
> However, I have to disagree that SuSE is "quite a bit older than
> SuSE was "established in 1992" (I don't know the exact month):
> Red Hat started in March, 1993:
So SuSE started its Linux services (not a distro) just about when
Linus got his first versions of the kernel running. RedHat started a
year later - 10 years after they started this difference has shrunk
below the 10% margin. I have to agree with you on that point.
> Not that it matters. Both are great distros, and you really couldn't
> go wrong with either one.
Thanks for your thoughtful comment on my message,
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