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Patrick Dixon
2005-03-13, 14:20
Shows my Linux ignorance I guess, I thought FC was about the most mainstream
'free' Linux around. (And if it's not free, I might as well stick with
Windows - right?) It's difficult to know what you're paying for with Redhat
Enterprise - the Linux community (in common with most technical communities,
IMHO) doesn't seem to communicate that well with 'outsiders'.

The problem with Linux, is that the 'bleeding edge' seems to include things
that are considered de-riguer in the Windows world - like PnP. That's how I
got into all this trouble in the first place: I started out trying Alien BBC
.... and now I'm installing Linux ;)

Anyway, I'm getting OT ...

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Lars
Kellogg-Stedman
Sent: 13 March 2005 20:59
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Open firmware for SB2?


> Really? As someone struggling to get FC3 configured,

You're running Fedora. That would be the "unstable, experimental"
version of the code that Phil was talking about. If you want a stable,
supported platform, albeit with fewer features, try one of RedHat's
Enterprise Linux products.

They even offer support contracts.

This is almost exactly the model Phil was proposing for Slimserver -- an
experimental, feature-rich, always on the bleeding edge codebase for
those who like to tinker, and a more stable, more controlled, and
generally less featured version for commercial release and for people
just want basic functionality.

-- Lars

Jack Coates
2005-03-13, 18:21
Patrick Dixon wrote:
> Shows my Linux ignorance I guess, I thought FC was about the most mainstream
> 'free' Linux around. (And if it's not free, I might as well stick with
> Windows - right?) It's difficult to know what you're paying for with Redhat
> Enterprise - the Linux community (in common with most technical communities,
> IMHO) doesn't seem to communicate that well with 'outsiders'.
>

We all started out as outsiders... like anything other field of
knowledge, the key is to want to know.

> The problem with Linux, is that the 'bleeding edge' seems to include things
> that are considered de-riguer in the Windows world - like PnP. That's how I
> got into all this trouble in the first place: I started out trying Alien BBC
> ... and now I'm installing Linux ;)
>
> Anyway, I'm getting OT ...

This is going to be true in desktop Linux for the forseeable future. It
will stop being true when the Open Source Development Labs folks have
the same level of access into the hardware markets that the WinHEC
conference and "Designed for Windows" logo demonstrate. Until such time,
you'll need to roll up your sleeves and learn, choose another OS, or
look for prebuilt Linux-powered platforms. There are a ton of the
latter, though they don't always advertise as such :)

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