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Posted Mar 8, 2011 13:40 UTC (Tue) by ejr (subscriber, #51652)
With Debian (and Fedora, and...), you can pull newer versions of tools if you need them. You can at least see how the version chance affects the system even if you decide not to use the Debian version. I don't get why people insist that the named "stable" release is the only thing available. I know apt lets you set defaults to pick and choose easily, and I assume the other distributions' tools do.
I suppose it's another thing I don't get about "enterprise" distributions. You tie your timeline tightly to the producer's decisions. I'd rather be able to tie our cluster upgrade and testing timelines to our calendar.
But, again, I'm talking about systems used for development of some flavor. I suppose shipping a word processing box is different, but you definitely don't want the latest & greatest there, either. Retraining is a major cost.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 19:42 UTC (Tue) by ThinkRob (subscriber, #64513)
It's not uncommon to see a production Debian machine with versions of software that are a couple years old. It's also not uncommon to see a production RHEL install with software versions from the better part of a decade ago. RHEL wins. :D
Posted Mar 8, 2011 19:49 UTC (Tue) by skvidal (subscriber, #3094)
No one does that kind of maintenance for fun.
Posted Mar 9, 2011 0:45 UTC (Wed) by jengelh (subscriber, #33263)
Posted Mar 9, 2011 4:31 UTC (Wed) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Mar 9, 2011 2:14 UTC (Wed) by ThinkRob (subscriber, #64513)
Oh, absolutely. I was merely pointing out that a RHEL release can and often does have a much longer shelf life than a Debian release.
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