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Re: [SLE] Novell Linux Leaders Flee
  • From: Jerry Feldman <gaf@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 16:59:03 -0400
  • Message-id: <200505121659.03801.gaf@xxxxxxx>
On Thursday 12 May 2005 4:16 pm, Michael W Cocke wrote:
> On Thu, 12 May 2005 14:51:11 +0200, you wrote:
> >Red Hat has the advantage of being the flavor of choice in America,
> I'd want to see proof of that statement. Red Hat made a LOT of people
> unhappy when they killed their consumer line. Fedora is too unstable
> to use for anything like production
One of my pet peeves is upgrading from one release to the next.
There are basicly a few different sets of needs:
Commercial server - requires highly stable system. These will always be slow
to upgrade - regardless of the OS. Usually the managers want to fully test
a new release. This is what is addressed by the Enterprise Servers.

Lower end server - The operator of this type of server desires stability but
also may want a more simpler way to upgrade. This is addressed (kind of by
either the enterprise systems, or the professional systems like SuSE 9.3.

Personal desktop or workstation. This is generally addressed by SuSE 9.3
professional, Fedora, Novell Desktop, etc.

What I would like is a subscription service where I could continually
maintain my system without the need to acquire the next release. Neither
YaST nor up2date address this, but Gentoo does. By subscription service, I
mean a paid for service similar to YOU, but that would allow me to use that
service to migrate piecemeal to the next release.

Here is a specific dilemma we at the BLU have. We have server still running
Red Hat 7.1. To upgrade it requires that we both must travel to the data
center and sit there for a few hours to upgrade and test the system. Both
of us have day jobs and live and work quite a distance from the data
center. I think this type of service would be profitable. It would not
compete with the high end Enterprise systems.

Jerry Feldman <gaf@xxxxxxx>
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