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Re: [Computerbank] Linux distribution standardisation

On Thursday 06 December 2001 13:43, you wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----

> > Of the replies I did receive one person suggested that each branch should
> choose its own distribution based on the skills/experience available in the
> volunteers - is this a satisfactory approach?
> -- To a point, really the choice should be between RedHat & Debian, almost
> all other distros (except slackware) are based off them, and the other
> major distros (Mandrake, Suse, Caldera) are mostly just enhancements making
> linux 'prettier' and 'easier to install' both of which arn't a concern.

I don't think we should underestimate this "easier to install" factor. Seeing 
as installing operating systems and software is one of Computerbanks core 
functions I think anything that makes our job easier is a good thing. Also 
anything that makes it easier to train our volunteers to use is also a good 
thing. Anything that makes it easier for the recipients to use etc is also a 
good thing.

Its been a while since I ran Debian, but the last time I did a comparison I 
found RH much easier to install. I don't know what the state of play is at 
the moment. Choosing an easier system where we are less dependent on guru 
experts is a good thing. Given the size of the RH vs Debian user base it also 
means that we are more likely to encounter volunteers with RH knowledge 
rather than Debian knowledge, this could also have training implications for 
us down the track.

> Julien Goodwin

Tony Joblin
Convenor Computerbank Queensland
Tel: 07 3371 1311 (W), Email: cbq-exec@dstc.edu.au

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