[SASAG] Linux Server Distro Recommendations

Tres Wong-Godfrey tres at apollonian.net
Thu Aug 13 15:30:40 PDT 2009

> I'm going to give Debian a chance; I just need to get over the idea
> that an OS should be clean, efficient, and organized. (Honestly, what
> kind of person puts executables in /usr/lib? /me cries a little
> inside.)

Man, I feel for you... that's what, five, six different OSs to support  

It sounds a lot like the old days before OS X came out and I was  
bouncing between Linux Distros and BSD variants on my workstation --  
none of them quite had what I wanted, so I'd spend a few weeks or a  
few months with some new OS, getting a feel for it and finally  
figuring out that it wasn't any better than the last one. Then I'd rip  
it all up and start over again re-learning the same things with a  
different OS.

I think Lamont really hit the nail on the head when he pointed to Dag  
repos. I've said it before in this thread, and maybe I'm over  
inserting my foot here, but it's really just a matter of shifting your  
worldview from the BSD mindset of centralized dissemination (the  
cathedral) to the bazaar of Linux package distribution. I could be  
quite wrong, but I think you'll find that Debian is much the same as  
RHEL in terms of package distribution.

  It's not that the software isn't available, it's just a matter of  
opening up to other places to get it.

But if you do find that Debian is 'the one,'  please let me know.


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