[SATLUG] What All Systems has to say about Linux

Wayne Walker wwalker at bybent.com
Fri Jan 18 13:42:10 CST 2008

On Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 07:03:59AM -0600, Al Castanoli wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-01-17 at 13:38 -0600, Wayne Walker wrote:
> [...]
> > I won't ever recommend RHEL for a desktop user.  RHEL can be used as a
> > desktop, but I would only recommend Ubuntu or Fedora.  I would never
> > recommend Ubuntu as a server, it can be used as one, but I'd recommend
> > Debian or RHEL/CentOS.  
> I'm using Scientific Linux, a FermiLab/CERN sponsored RHEL/CentOS like
> distribution, on my desktop because it's the best tool for the job of
> managing 52 UNIX boxen spread across the country. I was given a
> current-technology PC to do this work, and it would have been impossible
> using Windows.  I still have the PC, but my main desktop workstation's
> an old Dell PowerEdge with Pentium III processors that I salvaged on its
> way out to be recycled. The mainstream desktop distros didn't work well
> with the PowerEdge's hardware RAID controllers and dual processors.
> Once again, broadsweeping generalizations about workstation vs. server
> uses don't fit all needs.
> Al Castanoli, currently using PCLinuxOS on my desktop at home.

An administrator isn't a normal desktop user.  Admins run whatever
distro they want.  I was saying what I'd recommend.  If I were
supporting a bunch of servers running SuSE, as an admin I'd probably run
SuSE on my machine.


Wayne Walker

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