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[OT] Re: Re: Re: Re: The Gates of Perl are not newbie friendly.

by Hero Zzyzzx (Curate)
on Apr 19, 2003 at 16:19 UTC ( #251679=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Re: The Gates of Perl are not newbie friendly.
in thread The Gates of Perl are not newbie friendly.

I agree mostly with your post, most people need to learn one major thing at a time, but to quibble: A poor carpenter blames his tools. What exactly is proprietary about redhat (all source code is available), and what's so hard about using something (free) like Ximian RedCarpet, which is essentially apt-get for RPMs, with both GUI and CLI interfaces?

I agree that the redhat network system sucks. RedCarpet doesn't. I use debian and redhat daily, and they both work fine for me when you used correctly.

-Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from doubletalk.

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Re: [OT] Re: Re: Re: Re: The Gates of Perl are not newbie friendly.
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 20, 2003 at 04:05 UTC
    I said "by comparison". And it is an unfair comparison.

    Red Hat is a company. From time to time their marketing needs run counter to technically defensible decisions, or what the community might like. This happens rather rarely since they long ago realized the value for them of being very supportive of open source. (They realized this before the term "open source" was cointed.) But it does happen, and as a result the default installation is insecure, their network system is not the greatest, and there is no oversight to keep dependencies and conflicts between RPMs straightened out.

    By contrast Debian has no such pressure and has to coordinate a disparate group of distributed people. Which means that they have a well-thought out policy. At any given time, most people have some instance of policy to be unhappy with (the resulting slow release cycle is a favorite), but it makes for a much cleaner organized system and means that over time a Debian system tends to stay better organized than an RPM system. This is something which RPM-based systems could do as well, but none actually have. As a packaging mechanism, RPM and .deb are pretty similar. What differs is the community behind them.

    That said, if you need a smoother "out of the box" feel, or better marketing, or other things that companies do well at, you are going to be better off with Red Hat.

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