Do we need this crap on LWN?
Posted Feb 22, 2007 16:41 UTC (Thu) by markc
In reply to: Do we need this crap on LWN?
Parent article: ESR's goodbye note
> Stick the CD in, it boots up. That's anaconda.
Great, but not on a dedicated host 10,000 miles away.
> You're confusing "The RPM tools" with "The Debian
> Packaging Guidelines as implemented using the dpkg
> tools". Get your comparison straight.
I think I'm comparing the use of any number of (unfamiliar to me) rpm
tools with apt-get where the later seems to have the edge... which is the
point that ESR seems to have finally stumbled upon in the head article.
> "RPM-based folks" are apparently missing out on a
> lot of remote exploits and possible filesystem corruption!
Some would argue it's not appropriate to have such file system checking
built in to a package management system.
> I don't give two hoots about SERVER uptime; to me
> SERVICE uptime is all-important, and I achieve
> that with redundancy and performing test upgrades
> on non-critical systems in advance.
Dare I suggest that if you used a Debian based distro you could go live
and stay live with less redundancy and pre-testing. My example of swapping
between 4 deb based distros on an el-cheapo commodity $15/month VPS
without losing any downtime was intentional. No redundancy or testing
needed, just good software, especially on the barest metal.
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