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Re: Fedora philosophy (was ATI video comes out of the closet)

Ed Greshko wrote:
Les Mikesell wrote:

I'll preface what I am going to say below by repeating what I've already
said which I thought was quite simple.

"When making a choice to use RHEL the client *did not* first experiment with
or try out Fedora."  Period, end of story.

OK, then I guess you don't have experience with the situation I am trying to describe.

Did a consultant or in-house employee make the decision?  I deploy the
servers in our company, and the time it would take to learn the details
of administration on a different distribution is very much a factor.

The customer always makes the decision.

Along that line, that has also been the case for other consultants I've
talked with.  I don't feel my experience is unique.
Consultants don't mind having more billable hours...  And they probably
prefer that the companies paying them have no in-house expertise.

So, your are comparing Consultants with Lawyers?  And, no, a good consultant
prefers that the company *does* have in house experience.  It makes meeting
much more productive.

OK, if you are different from lawyers you should be able to speculate here... _IF_ your client had experience and expertise with fedora, perhaps going back to the RH versions before the fedora split, would you take into account the fact that using RHEL on the server side would take no extra training on either the admin or operators parts? But maybe places like that don't call consultants.

FWIW, I wouldn't deploy Ubuntu at a large enterprise either.....
What would you deploy that has firefox 2.x OpenOffice 2.2, and other
current desktop applications?

I have clients using RHELv4 along with firefox 2.x and OpenOffice 2.2.

Feel free to agree with me that such a combination is useful.

> Just
because RHELv4 doesn't come with those application versions doesn't mean one
can't create/maintain a local repository and update efficiently.  We are
talking about "large enterprises" with a dedicated IT staff, right?

That's sort of like saying that if you have the resources you could assemble a fleet of custom built cars from parts and maintain them yourself instead of driving standard models. Yes it could be done. It's just not a good idea, and not something most places should have to do. Especially with free software where it should only have to be done once and everyone should be able to copy it.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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