[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 83, Issue 18

Chris Brandstetter sirloxelroy at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 11:26:46 CDT 2009

> Message: 7
> Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:36:23 -0400
> From: Steve Sandau <ssandau at gwi.net>
> To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> Subject: Re: [rescue] off topic - red hat linux book
> Message-ID: <4ADE3B67.5090909 at gwi.net>
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> Bill Bradford wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 01:05:27PM -0600, Robert Darlington wrote:
> >> Actually, then again, I did write that giant Expect script to patch IRIX!
> > 
> > "Expect pain and suffering."
> > 
> Ahhh, "pain and suffering" would also describe out experiences with 
> RedHat. The hardware is nowhere near as well-behaved as SPARC boxes, 
> meaningful documentation on kernel TCP parameters has been really hard 
> to find, and the config files appear to be designed to be convoluted and 
> confusing, not to mention some other problems like arp flux that we have 
> found. When I call support, they are helpful, but I have the feeling 
> that they are learning along with me.
> Of all the  operating systems we admin, RedHat is taking up a *much* 
> larger percentage than HP, Solaris, AIX and even (ewwww) SCO.
> I love Linux and have been using Slackware as a desktop and server for 
> 15+ years, but for some things I really prefer Solaris, and when I use 
> Linux, RedHat is not my first choice.
> Steve
I have been a Linux Net admin for 8+ years, and using it for 13 years.
I started and used Red Hat until 6.2 at which time I tried SuSE etc...
I ended up with Debian as the best choice I have found for servers.
There are some "Why the h e double hockey stick is this here?" but over
all for patching, maintenance, size, and most important stability it
seems the easiest, as long as you don't mind getting your hands into the
command line.

Chris Brandstetter

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