Re: FreeBSD vs. RedHat
From: Erik Steffl (steffl_at_bigfoot.com)
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 12:07:03 -0700 To: "FreeBSD-Questions (Request)" <email@example.com>
> When RedHat started out, it had some conveniences, but it quickly
> become so bizarre and discombobulated that I am feed-up, a voodoo act
> and standing on one's head is involved. Most of the so-called-experts
> in RPMs don't know what they're doing from one minute to the next.
> Usually installing the tarball (my form of description) is the only
> available option.
> So many of the RPM distributors are inventing and reinventing new ways
> to reroute the file to its original location. Often the files go
> through 6 links before you capture the original file. That doesn't
> include the original program from recognizing other renamed filenames
> that produce optional executions. This usually keeps some of the RPM
> installations from installing, *unless*, all the rubble is ripped out
> before you start. Often that *breaks* the whole structure/hierarchy
> Now distributors have moved to an option that supposedly entices
> enterprises. Usually it forces the installations to conform to their
> type of networking.
[conform to their type of networking? what do you mean?]
you'd be better with other distros though - debian (packages
dependencies etc. are maintained, you can upgrade across major version
fairly easily (I already went through 3 major version, IIRC, with same
system)) or slackware (very minimalistic and clean, you pretty much
manage everything yourself (this might not be true anymore, I didn't use
it for quite some time))
still, and this is pretty much for all unix(like) systems - install
the packages that are part of the distribution only. Anything third
party install in /opt/name-version (preferably from source) and create
links as appropriate (stow is a great help). That's the only way to keep
the system manageable, whether it's redhat or freeBSD.
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