[nSLUG] Finding linux products and software

Michael Gillie mikegpc at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 15:48:07 ADT 2007

Well, personally, i have learned a valuable lesson with LINUX, and do NOT
plan to support older systems.

On 4/12/07, Jason Kenney <jdkenney at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On 4/11/07, D G Teed <donald.teed at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On 4/11/07, Michael Gillie <mikegpc at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > I find that going all hell west and crooked trying to find linux
> products
> > and related software is a real pain in the back side, and I knew that
> there
> > was a multiple flavored linux server out there, by gosh and by golly i'd
> be
> > the first to be johny on the spot.
> >
> > I've been through a number of Linux distros looking for the perfect
> thing.
> > I've noticed that Ubuntu and Gentoo, roughly the same age, have lost
> some
> > users due to the bumps along the way for maintaining the 3 to 5 year old
> > systems
> > against some backwards-compatibility related issues.  It seems to be a
> > pattern: distros cross this medium age and have hard decisions to make
> > as things move forward.
> I have no sympathy for someone who chooses to use Ubuntu or Gentoo and
> gets detered by having "a bump along the way to maintain 3 to 5 year
> old systems".
> In the second case, if you are finding that in any way "hard", you
> should not be using a distribution where you compile every program
> with custom flags that you wish to install. I've been told Gentoo has
> some very good packaging utilities, which may make it useful for
> something more than a toy, perhaps as a means to build custom end
> products somehow, but I otherwise find the whole idea ridiculous (of
> course there are many people who disagree with me).
> In the first case, Ubuntu has a VERY clearly described, and adhered to
> release cycle. They are extremely clear about how long they continue
> to support older distributions they have released (hint: not 3 to 5
> years). If you don't like that, and still want to support the same
> system in 3 to 5 years, then well, you can't get any more clear about
> that up front than the Ubuntu people have been.
> Tough love.
> Jason
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