[lug] Interesting news
Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov
Tue Nov 4 11:27:53 MST 2003
Peter Hutnick wrote:
> Gary Hodges said:
>>Jeffrey Brown wrote:
>>>Novell Announces Agreement to Acquire Leading Enterprise Linux
>>>Technology Company SUSE LINUX
>>Well, what the hell am I to think about this? Here I am right on the
>>cusp of getting everyone in my group behind SuSE because of their good
>>distribution and business model that is well suited to our group.
> Have you considered breaking up the distribution and the support?
> Then you could pick a distro that isn't going anywhere (i.e. Debian) and a
> support outfit who's immutable business model is supporting whatever you
Actually, a couple months ago I was thinking we would head down the
Debian path. I went to that distribution meeting with a Debian slant,
but also with an open mind. SuSE pretty much sold me, and there were a
few, I won't say negative, comments about Debian that got me thinking
that Debian may not work for us.
We are a small group with no full time sys admin. I'm a meteorologist
who is our Linux admin by default. I want a dist that I can pop in the
CDs and have everything going an hour later. I've played around with a
couple of Debian installs, and I just didn't get that ease-of-install
feeling I was looking for. As for support, we really don't need
anything official. Thanks to all of you on lug I manage to work through
most all of the issues that come up here.
Third party software is another issue. Several of the folks here use
S-Plus. Maybe that works on Debian, but I don't know. We use IDL a lot
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