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Another distribution?? But why?

Grant Young <granty at> writes:

> I haven't personally used the Linux-Athena distribution but I did have
> experience trying to use the earlier Athena versions with non-Athenized
> applications (like Oracle) and it was pretty much a disaster.  Project
> Athena solves the workstation application and file server maintenance
> problem for MIT very, very well and their programmers do an amazing job
> keeping things up to date.  The thing that makes Athena work well is its
> elegantly engineered rigidity.  But in my experience the tweaks and
> improvements they put in for their environment usually mess up services
> and interfaces expected by many applications.  YMMV.

I can wholeheartedly say that this has changed significantly in the
past, oh five+ years..  I suspect it's been that long since you've
tried?  The Linux-Athena "distro" is really Red Hat with a few
modified or replaced RPMS.  But it still is Red Hat at the core.

       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
       Member, MIT Student Information Processing Board  (SIPB)
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