Debian and Enterprise Linux
Posted Oct 9, 2003 18:31 UTC (Thu) by X-Nc
Parent article: An Evening with Bruce Perens
While I completely agree that Debian is one of the best distros in existance, there are some fundimental "problems" with using it as the foundation of an Enterprise Solution.
First, it's development cycle is, paradoxicly enough, both to slow and to fast. The "stable" tree is to slow WRT adopting things that are newer which businesses will likely need. The unstable tree(s) are, well, to unstable for a business to use. I know that they really are what we would call stable, but companies have a different POV on these things.
Second, the deb package format is just not going to fly. Before everyone starts a debate (flame war) on this, the deb format is very good and technicaly excellent. The problem with it is that it stands alone. If a company has a choice of using what is percieved as a "standard" or something that is percieved as "radical" it's a no brainer which they'll pick. Remember, apt is not part of the actual package format but a utility for manipulating it. And it works just as well with rpm as with deb.
Third, the installation and configuration of Debian are not easy enough to use for the scope of businesses. Even Solaris and AIX are much better and easier to use from this perspective.
It seems to me that if you wanted to make a Free Enterprise distribution you could start with the srpm's from RH AS or ES. Take them, filter out anything that isn't as "free" as defined by whatever this proposed Free Enterprise distro decided to do, and build from there.
At least that's an idea.
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