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Mar. 20th, 2007 | 01:35 pm

For the first time today I heard someone make this comment:

"When we called Redhat about a question their support hemmed and hawed over an answer."

"Now when we called Oracle they turned around the answer very quickly, and gave us a great response."

Customer support can be very hit or miss, but it did confirm to me that someone is both using and is happy with Oracle's approach to its distribution.

What else did I find interesting about this? The user in question wasn't an Oracle database user, they had for some reason just picked Oracle over Redhat.

Redhat is way a head of the game installations. Even with white box vendors and Oracle making its version available for download, the install base of RHEL is larger. Oracle's Linux is market validation for Redhat's approach to creating a Linux distribution (which is pretty important when you consider the encroachment that Ubuntu is making on this).

A little competition is great for the consumer.

And on that note, I think I might just go check out the CentOS Beta :)

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Damien

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from: alacrity
date: Mar. 21st, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
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I'm super impressed with Ubuntu. I installed Edgy Eft on the box which had most recently housed Gentoo (but it died, horribly, with irreparable emerge conflicts.) I've found myself just using it as my primary computer at home, ignoring my nice new Vista laptop unless I need to RAS into work or something. I've also made the mistake of getting very used to focus-follows-mouse, which is hard to give up when I use Windows. :)

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Damien

Conary

from: alacrity
date: Mar. 21st, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
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Oh, have you heard of Conary package management system, and if so what is your impression of it?

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Mar. 21st, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
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I've seen rPath and have checked it out from the standpoint of how it works, but other then the Asterisk Biz distribution I haven't seen it in use.

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Damien

Re: Conary

from: alacrity
date: Mar. 21st, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
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I know it hasn't gotten any buzz in terms of being in an actually viable and advanced distribution (e.g. apt in Ubuntu/Debian, portage in Gentoo) but from a theoretical perspective, do you think it brings to the table new flexibility/power/whatever that will give it an edge and may be able to build the kind of strong community and developer support it would take to create a really really good distro or set of distros?

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Brian "Krow" Aker

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from: krow
date: Mar. 21st, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Its been tried before with Ubuntu, I think there path of install and being more appliance like is a better approach.

If I had to spin up my own distribution right now, I would take a serious look at it.

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