[nSLUG] Time to upgrade the server OS...

Donald Teed dteed at artistic.ca
Wed Sep 8 11:37:11 ADT 2004

I'd say the answer partly depends on the nature of your
"business setting".  If the servers can be brought down
for OS upgrades and reinstalls every 4 to 6 months
( see http://fedora.redhat.com/about/rhel.html )
then you might be happy with Fedora.  Otherwise you
might consider the commercial variety from Redhat.
Or even Suse.

The best thing to do, even if you make up your
mind how you want to migrate, is to install
the choosen OS somewhere else first and get to
know it.  First hand experience will help
you later on, and will also confirm if this is
the one.

There was a recent discussion on www.slashdot.org regarding
suggesting Debian in a commercial setting.  You might want
to add some of those voices to the ones you here from this LUG.

There are other OSes that don't get updated by reinstalls
and upgrades involving as much downtime and disruption.

Redhat, Slackware and Suse all use massive updates from
new versions installed by CDROM or network.

Debian and Gentoo are maintained and updated without
getting new versions or releases to install by CDROM.
The downtime is kept to a very short reboot occassionally,
and the maintenance of the changing config files is reasonable.

If you do migrate from Redhat to something else, tar your
/etc and /var directories for future reference (and install
the OS on a fresh file system).

--Donald Teed


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