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RE: [SuSE Linux] LSB project: succes or failure?
- From: awol@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Alexander Volovics)
- Date: Sun, 07 Feb 1999 17:37:49 +0100
- Message-id: <99020718244302.00387@for>
On Sat, 06 Feb 1999
Chris Martin wrote:
>> Just wait until RH spends a little time and well funded effort on
>> German distbns. . . .I think SuSE's claim to German fame will
>> quickly fall by the wayside too. . . .$$$ knows no borders. . . ..boo
Some anecdotal evidence:
Last summer I was in Berlin for 3 weeks and I checked all the locations
selling Linux boxed sets I could find:
In the academic book stores I counted more RH boxes on the shelves than
SuSE boxes. At other places I often found one or the other. In the
software corner of the KaDeWe dept store they prominently only had RH.
I have been in Germany a few time these last 2 years in different cities
and allways saw at least as many RH boxes as SuSE boxes.
Up to now I have mostly seen RH boxes in the Dutch academic bookstores (if
they had any Linux at all). Only the last year have I also seen some SuSE
boxes in the computer stores that sell Linux. The number of sites mirroring
Linux outnumbers the number of sites mirroring SuSE. Only Debian has a
comparable number of mirrors as RH at academic sites.
The Dutch Linux User Group regularly burns RH cd's to sell at events and
mirrors RH on their server.
Ted Harding wrote:
>Also, SuSE has made a name for including an exceptional variety of
>applications, all compiled consistently with the distribution.
I think this can be more of a curse than a blessing, especially as SuSE
does not update the rpm's of the included applications between releases.
(Debian also includes a lot of stuff but you can mostly quickly get an
updated Debian package when something changes, this is not the case with
SuSE. There is also no 'culture' of SuSE users uploading updated rpm's
as with RH and Debian).
If you are not going to update the packages between distributions you can
better do as RH does and only distribute a basic Linux and rely on users
to update things or release regular cd's with 'stuff to be found on the
One example ( I can give a lot more):
I use Lyx for my 'word' processing. The definite LyX 1.0 (>=LyX 0.15.x) has
already been released. A LyX 1.0 rpm has already been uploaded to the
RedHat contribution server.
Stata 6.0 (I just checked) only contains LyX 0.12.0pre8-23. It could have
contained one of the already very stable LyX 0.15.x which I have been
using without any problems and which contains many enhancements and bug fixes
compared to 0.12.x. When are they going to distribute LyX 1.0??
Dept of Methodology & Statistics
Maastricht University, Maastricht, NL
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