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Attention Linux users...
SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!

Thank you.

*deep breath*

For those who missed the news this week:
- Red Hat has end-of-lifed Red Hat Linux. Support for <= 8.0 ends 12/31/03, 9.0 ends 04/30/04. They have decided to focus on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- Red Hat has combined a couple of efforts into The Fedora Project. Free Red Hat is dead! Long live free Red Hat! Fedora release one is out, it is basically RH9.1. They just get to duck the cost of marketing and support.
- A Red Hat exec, in a press release as part of this, said that Linux is not ready for the desktop and that most users are better suited using Windows. How shocking... wait, no, he's 100% correct when you take it as talking about the overall computing market, not just geeks.
- Novell bought SuSE.

So it seems like every time I turn around some Linux evangelist is flipping their lid over Red Hat 'abandoning' their users, about how Red Hat is saying everyone should use Windows, etc. See linux for some examples. Basically people are blowing things WAY out of proportion and going off half-cocked, coming across like irrational zealots... wait... OK, that's 100% accurate I suppose.

For Eris's sake, I'm a Red Hat Certified Engineer, I've been using Linux on and off for what, a decade? I help maintain ~5 boxes currently at work (I know, not many, but we're a small company - < 30 people). I'm calm. We'll either upgrade to Enterprise, just switch to Fedora, or perhaps even jump to Novell/SuSE. BFD. The world is not ending. This is not one of the seven signs. Calm down, have some dip.

I am: annoyed annoyed
Current Media: quiet office

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Comments
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: November 7th, 2003 07:35 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, all the numbered releases are being EOL'd, I think the last one is in May of next year. Rackspace is a partner, so we got a heads up on the news a while ago and have been planning a migration strategy for all our old 7.x users. That looks like it's going to be a bitch and a half, but everything I've seen of ES so far has been positive. up2date actually, like, works. It's freaky, but we did a massive patch on all our RedHat boxes a while back, and the ES ones were by far the easiest. Run up2date and you're done.

On another note though, I've got seriously tired of linux weenies claiming it's ready for end users on the desktop. There have been improvements, yes. I hardly ever use my Windows box for anything anymore at work, but it's really still geek territory. There's too much work involved in getting things like, say, DVD playback working correctly. From what I've seen, Macs are a good compromise. Don't have to use Windows but you get a nicely designed, user friendly environment. Unfortunately, there's a big price barrier to using a Mac.

And as for RedHat abandoning their users, well, I think it's kind of shitty to EOL 9.0 a year after its release, but they're trying to move in a direction that'll keep them making a profit. We'll see how that goes I guess.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2003 11:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

besides, everyone knows that freeBSD is better anyway ;)
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: November 8th, 2003 02:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Daaaaaaaaaaaaamn skippy!
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 8th, 2003 02:43 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've tried FreeBSD. I didn't like it. Sidehack runs it, but I don't have to admin that.
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