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[school-discuss] Re: Linux in Government: Linux Desktop Reviews, Part II | Linux Journal

On Mon, Mar 21, 2005 at 10:53:19PM -0800, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> My own forray through the usual suspects:  Debian, Fedora Core
> / Red Hat, Gentoo, Mandrake, SuSE, Ubuntu, turns up a few
> interesting observations:


Thanks for review, I've occasionally forwarded it to novell.ru's
CEO I know -- maybe they realize that hiding docs is even worse
than hiding updates in the sense that updates do cost money to
maintain *and* to reproduce but docs can't be reproduced as such
without having them -- and it's hurting those who should promote
them (if I were SuSE manager :).

OTOH I could propose you to have a look at ALT Linux for that
matter -- we're apt-rpm, company+community, no wipe+rebuild, 
but should warn that effectively the system GUI configuration
tools end with installer -- which should be no major problem at
the school (except the printers maybe... and localhost:631 is

It has some obvious drawbacks -- the major being "in the midst of
reorganization process" when company must decide which path to
choose, and several persons including me are pressing in the
direction of "multi companies mutually supportive with community"
(I happen to be co-initiator of one of a few such companies which
is located in Kiev, Ukraine).  It's yet to be seen; and wrong
decision (or the lack thereof) may lead to the dissipation way
but still we hope for the better and existing products like
Compact 2.3 are just out there.


Docs are and the majority of community communicates in Russian.
Still there's English-speaking ML:


Hope I've warned you enough to be honest but not enough to
completely scare off. :)

 ---- WBR, Michael Shigorin <mike@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  ------ Linux.Kiev http://www.linux.kiev.ua/

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