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Another distribution?? But why?

and don't forget people, fedora is a OPEN SOURCE COMMUNITY PROJECT, if you want to work on a distro, work on that... building a distro is alot of work.


On Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 12:40:20PM -0500, Grant Young wrote:
> And now for the curmudgeonly view: 
> Ugh... Another distribution???  
> While I'm disappointed with Red Hat's decision to pull out of the
> low-end distribution market I'd have to say that the effort to make it
> work they put in was way out of whack with the return they saw.  The
> main reason to use Red Hat was to have the brand name and possibility of
> paid support behind it.  
> Trying to roll yet another distribution won't bring back the brand name
> support that gives comfort to the PHBs giving the go ahead for Linux. 
> If they're willing to shell out just buy the Red Hat offering.  The cost
> is still relatively insignificant to their bottom line.  If they won't
> or can't afford it just pick some other existing distribution like Suse
> or Debian or Gentoo that fulfills your philosophical bent and technical
> needs.  The maintainers of the those distros will appreciate the
> support.  This is my personal view.  One of the great things I love
> about Linux and Open Source is the freedom to do stuff like rolling your
> own distribution.  It's just not my cup of tea.
> 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.
> On Wed, 2003-11-12 at 11:47, Derek Atkins wrote:
> > "Anand Rao" <andy at> writes:
> > 
> > > I am in for it. I feel this will is a great  great Idea  Ready to help this
> > > project.
> > 
> > For what it's worth, you may want to look at what MIT is doing with
> > "Linux-Athena".  It (currently) a Red Hat based distribution with an
> > automatic (push/pull) update system which allows centralized control
> > of lots of workstations with similar configuration.
> > 
> > -derek
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