[lug] debian

John Karns jkarns at csd.net
Thu Sep 25 15:37:15 MDT 2003

On Wed, 24 Sep 2003, Ferdinand Schmid said:

> --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.

I concur with the quality issue assessment.  It was very noticable 5 yrs
ago when I tried SuSE.  I will add that the ease of upgrades has been very
impressive as well.  I'd estimate that 90% of the upgrades went very
smoothly.  Although that changed a bit with 7.x to 8.0 upgrades.  8.0
brought a significant change to their system configuration structure and
the services init mechanism, as they adapted a wider standard for it -
can't seem to recall the name right now.

John Karns

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