Wow. Welcome back for me. :)
shiser at cloud9.net
Wed Jun 29 17:42:02 UTC 2005
On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 13:09 -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 13:00 -0400, Sam Hiser wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 12:59 -0400, seth vidal wrote:
> > > > Keep in mind also that one of the principal points of differentiation
> > > > for distros -- substantial points -- has to do with RPM vs APT. It is a
> > > > difference which can carry an adoption. Each suits different people on
> > > > its merits and respective frictions. All's to Good.
> > >
> > > rpm vs apt?
> > >
> > > You're kidding right? I thought we had finally put this one to bed a
> > > while ago.
> > >
> > > okay: rpm == dpkg
> > > apt == yum or apt-rpm or whatever.
> > >
> > > just so we're clear.
> > Of course, so careless of me, Seth.
> But I guess my point is that the differences between rpm and deb and yum
> and apt is a stone's throw in terms of functionality.
> So what's the big point of differentiation?
The (enterprise, gov't) adoption decision-makers -- who take a more
superficial view -- make a bigger distinction than you or I.
There is a larger appearance of difference in the way these systems are
supported...in the way an organization would look at the challenge of
configuring and updating a large number of systems...in the way the
distro vendors package these services. (Ubuntu's enterprise offering is
vapor yet, but...)
It is a nominal thing, but the distinction is being made. It may not be
necessary but it exists. That's my thinking behind. It comes into the
conversation when organizations are defining their requirements and
making the Linux adoption decision. I don't actually say it doesnt
matter, because they are thinking about their resources. There's a
difference in the way I support Red Hat or Fedora or Ubuntu or JDS and
planning and money are naturally involved.
Additionally, adoption into either framework is a kind of lock-in, so
the decision is thoroughly considered. Do I go with Ford or Alfa? Well
the answer depends upon where I get the oil filters and how much they
cost, and can I get them at all -- for my fleet of 500 vans ;-)
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