Tom Diehl on 13 May 2005 23:33:52 -0000

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[PLUG] Re: fedora

On Thu, 12 May 2005 wrote:

> Tom:
> Its ITT Tech. There are many schools throughout the country.
> Things change very slowly.
> So, for stability/support purposes, FC3 or some FC4 version?

If you want long term support/stability stay away from FC. FC is
designed to be fast moving. 

> Stuff never changed so quickly in the Novell, Microsoft worlds.
> I have SUSE 9.x from a Novell promo, which I will get around to,
> But just for personal reasons, among them being I am a Novell expert.

Never used SUSE so I cannot comment on it. IMO for long term support/stability
you need to be looking at Red Hat Enterprise. They are committing to support it
for 10 years. They only do new releases every 18 months. If you do not qualify
for their edu licensing then I would suggest looking at one of the rebuild
projects. At least then you will not find yourself teaching something that was
EOL'd several years ago.


> Thanks for your help
> Ron
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> Subject: [PLUG] Re: fedora
> On Wed, 11 May 2005, Ron Kaye Jr wrote:
> > Our curriculum calls for upgrading from RedHat 9 to Fedora Core.
> > What version do YOU recommend?  FC3? Is FC4 bleeding edge?
> FC4Test3 was just released on this past Tuesday, so yes, it is bleeding
> edge. Having said that I have been tracking rawhide quite successfully
> since FC4Test1 was released. Why anyone would still be teaching RHL9
> is beyond me. It has been EOL'd for at least 2 years. The problem with
> Fedora Core is that whatever version you install it will be EOL'd within
> a year. It is gonna make it tough to stay current. The main purpose for
> FC is to get tings tested that might go into future versions of RHEL.
> A good portion of the features in FC3 made it into RHEL 4 which was
> released within the last 6 months. Things like selinux were tested
> during
> the FC2/FC3 release cycle and then intigrated into RHEL4. FC2's selinux
> support was such a disaster initally that it had to be disabled by
> default
> to get the release out. RHEL4 has a working selinux thanks to testing
> done
> on Fedora Core.
> > 
> > I may be wrong, but RedHat pricing seemed cost prohibitive,
> > negating an advantage.
> There are academic discounts available if you qualify. IIRC something
> along
> the lines of $25.00/machine. You might want to call Red Hat to see what
> the
> requirements are. Like it or not the majority of linux jobs I have
> looked at
> want Red Hat experience. Since Novell aquired SuSe that might change
> over
> time but.....
> In addition as others have stated there are clones like cAos, Centos,
> Whitebox,
> Tao, Scientific linux, and the list goes on and on. They take the Red
> and build them into a distro. Some do minimal mods required to get
> things to build
> in their environment. Others do more extensive mods to bend things to
> fit their
> own specific needs. Depends on what you are looking for.
> HTH,
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