[AG-TECH] Gentoo or Fedora
Ivan R. Judson
judson at mcs.anl.gov
Mon Oct 18 09:46:21 CDT 2004
Here's my $0.02.
I would advocate people use debian, slackware or the redhat/fedora derived
solutions. Gentoo is nice, but it's not an end-user variant of linux.
At the time we had to decide what to support, Gentoo was (and is) the linux
we have local sysadmin support for, so it was a no brainer. Now we're
getting support for desktop debian installs, we're probably going to
consider moving node/desktop installs from Gentoo to debian. We'll continue
gentoo support, but we will only use it inhouse for servers -- because of a
schizophrenic support model we have (servers run by one group, desktops by
That bit of hairy detail being said, I would vote debian if anyone cares.
You should not consider this an official endorsement of debian over gentoo,
just the private musings of a madman with email.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
> [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov] On Behalf Of Gavin W. Burris aka 86
> Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 8:50 AM
> To: Steve Smith
> Cc: Monika Rabarison; ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
> Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Gentoo or Fedora
> I second the suggestion for Debian. I just reinstalled my
> room based node with my audio and video machines with Debian.
> Please feel free to send me questions.
> I recommend you use the pre-rc2 netinst CD image:
> Steve Smith wrote (on Sat, 16 Oct 2004 at 15:32):
> > Monika Rabarison wrote:
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > Thinking about upgrading the "good old" Linux capture
> boxes to 2.3,
> > > what would you guys suggest Gentoo or Fedora? Any pros and cons?
> > Another option is Debian (AG packages available at
> > http://www.vislab.usyd.edu.au/debian). The main pros are those of
> > Debian: ease of upgrade (no need to do re-installs), good security
> > support, large number of supported packages. The main con has
> > traditionally been the difficulty of installation (this is
> much better
> > with the recent beta installers). Also, the next stable
> release isn't
> > actually out yet, although it should be soon.
> > There are also packages available for Slackware, which has good
> > support and a shorter release cycle if you prefer that.
> > Cheers,
> > Steve
> Gavin W. Burris aka 86
> Senior Systems Programmer
> Penn State Visualization Group
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