[K12OSN] New thin client recommendations

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon May 9 19:46:02 UTC 2011

On 5/9/2011 12:48 PM, Jeff Siddall wrote:
> Well, Fedora is certainly a bleeding edge disto with a strong emphasis
> on the _bleeding_ part :)  Things got a lot better for me when I
> switched to automatically installing only security updates.
> Anyway, Fedora upgrades kernels throughout the distro's support life
> whereas Ubuntu does not (well, last I checked which was admittedly quite
> a while ago).  So if both Fedora and Ubuntu released a new distro today
> they might be pretty close, but over the next year Ubuntu would be
> further and further out of date.

So if you buy hardware that isn't backwards compatible with anything a 
year old it might not work with ubuntu...  My approach is that if it 
hurts, don't do it.

> I think this may be a bigger issue when an LTS is being released (ie:
> all the even versions) which coincidentally was when I gave up using
> Ubuntu.  LTS releases seem to use older kernels whereas odd releases
> seem to use a recent kernel.

My only issue with ubuntu/debian is that I'm too lazy to learn to type 
multiple apt-get commands instead of yum - and all the other differences 
in admin quirks compared to RH style (just as quirky, but it's the devil 
I know).  I did have one promising experience with ubuntu LTS, though. 
I had installed it to run both as dual-boot and under vmware on my 
windows laptop because Centos didn't recognize the wifi adapter, 
starting with the 8.04 LTS version.  Much later when running under 
vmware player it offered to update itself to 10.04 which seemed to go 
smoothly - and it still comes up working when booted natively.  I'm not 
used to major version upgrades working over the network, let alone 
handling the vmware and native view of devices afterward.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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