[SASAG] Linux Server Distro Recommendations

Atom Powers atom.powers at gmail.com
Wed Aug 5 12:05:06 PDT 2009

On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Ski Kacoroski<kacoroski at gmail.com> wrote:
> On the downside, it does tend to lag behind other distros in terms of
> newer software so sometimes I have to compile my own software packages
> or, more often, figure out the correctly Debian perl packages to install
> to support a vendor's or open source package that I want to use.  A
> recent example is the OpenLdap servers I just built up.  The Debian
> packaged version was far enough behind that I decided to compile form
> source and it took a few hours to get all the correct Debian pieces in
> place to support the compile (e.g. TLS libraries, etc.).  I find it
> better to use the Debian pieces where possible rather than compiling
> everything from scratch because then I get security updates.

This is a concern.
If the packages are behind, how do you deal with security updates?
There are also many times, OpenLDAP 2.4 for example, where a
point-release has major new functionality that I need; if I can't get
a /maintained/ package for the software I need then it doesn't matter
how "good" the OS is.

Perfection is just a word I use occasionally with mustard.
--Atom Powers--

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