Decent installer non-issue for enterprise distribution?
Posted Oct 9, 2003 14:40 UTC (Thu) by Max.Hyre
In reply to: free "enterprise" Linux distro
Parent article: An Evening with Bruce Perens
I can see how you'd want a gee-whiz installer if
you were a home user, or a business owner wanting to
do the work yourself.
But if this is really meant to be an ``Enterprise''
(as in at least hundreds of desktops plus the
servers needed to support them and the corporate
workload), I'd expect the support staff to be perfectly
comfortable with debconf. Set up a server, a
firewall, and a desktop, and clone as needed.
Once that's complete, apt-get should lower the
maintenance level to well below that needed by RPMs.
And if I were running a corporate server, I'd be
perfectly happy with `stable', 'cause it sure is, and
that's what I'd want. If an `unstable' package is the
only one meeting a requirement,
then install it, but if the servers
run smoothly and do what's asked of them, what do I
care what level they're running at?
Certification (especially Oracle and their ilk) is
but if they certified against `stable' we have yet another
reason to stay put until necessity calls.
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