Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Posted Sep 9, 2004 7:26 UTC (Thu) by gvy
In reply to: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Parent article: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
> sounds like such a great and innovative idea
Great, maybe. Innovative, no: ALT Linux was two years into this model before RH and SuSE started scratching their heads in a visible manner.
The commercial firm (ALT Linux Ltd) produces the distributions (which are also published on FTP and widely mirrored) based on its public unstable tree, ALT Linux Sisyphus, which is considered as a product of ALT Linux Team (some 20% being fulltimers in commercial firms who benefit from the development directly and some 80% volunteers).
ALT Linux Ltd is providing the infrastructure, QA (mostly) and publishing (until recently; now professional publishers got in). Partners and community also do maintain packages, create additional infrastrusture and resources, and provide specialized and public support.
So far so good -- I believe it's somewhere in between of RH/SuSE/Mdk, Debian and Owl which is quite unique. Weak points being currently low level of manageability using GUI tools (the framework is being revamped) and lacking PR/marketing, strong points being considerable security out-of-box [*], most packages being readily available for immediate use right after installation with apt-get, and very nice community to communicate within.
[*] from the last talk security advisory (translate.ru'ed):
"In ALT Linux distributions, talk service is off by default, remote users don't have access to it, and local unprivileged users can't form UDP packets of such special form needed for DoS attack; nevertheless we recommend talk server users to update the package with the fixed version".
Last glibc troubles also enjoyed "fixed 3 years ago" status statement.
Go figure :-)
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