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Re: RedHat -v- SuSE 8.0 - My opinion
  • From: Al Sutton <al@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 13:31:19 +0100
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Since sending this I've been able to diagnose point 1) as being due to a
incompatibility with my USB controller, and so I can access the IOMega
ZIP CD from another USB controller.


On Sunday 28 April 2002 12:42, Al Sutton wrote:
> I've now tried to get SuSE 8.0 Professional working, and I've come to the
> conclusion it's not suitable for production use, and so I've decided to
> switch back to the freely downloadable edition of RedHat 7.2.
> The list of reasons why I'm doing this are;
> 1) SuSE 8.0 doesn't recognise my IOMega ZIP CD (which is about two years
> old), whereas RedHat has done for a number of months. This makes me nervous
> as to which other devices are supported within the Linux kernel, but not in
> SuSE.
> 2) SuSE 8.0's support for wireless PCMCIA networking is appauling, and I
> can't justify it's use on laptops on this basis. RedHat's configuration
> interface treats wireless networking as just another ethernet device if you
> want to do simple interface.
> 3) I'm unable to boot SuSE 8.0 from a floppy disk on machines with USB
> floppy and/or CD-ROM drives (which is extremly useful for laptops). RedHat
> 7.2 offers a boot from single disk option for floppy drives.
> 4) I am unable to download a CD image to do installation from, which means
> I'm at the mercy of my CD's not being lost, and if they are I have to buy a
> new set.
> 5) To install NFS server support I have to install a set of packages which
> YaST complains may cause problems with each other.
> 6) SuSE complains if I try perform an installation from CD and then try to
> install packages from the DVD. Aren't they the same, and if not why not?
> I find this a shame, because I've heard some good things about SuSE, and
> I'm in the process of evaluating options for the base Linux distribution
> for the software product the company I work for sells.
> My final opinion of the product is that it's unfinished and therefore not
> suiable for use in productions systems.
> Before anyone starts offering me pointers to help files, FAQs, or any other
> source of "how to do this without using the SuSE tools", please don't. I'm
> of the opinion that if it's not integrated into SuSE's tools then SuSE
> probably don't want you to use it. The Wireless Lan section of the
> unofficial FAQ shows this well because it recommends switching off the SuSE
> setting in order to get things working.
> Al.

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