wounded in the line of duty
Coming very late to the game, I have truly enjoyed the debate here. Thank, you Dag, for addressing this issue (not to mention a thousand other thanks I owe you as a long time user of your packages). I'm running CentOS for the reasons outlined -- five+ years of support for the same product. Further, if there was a SLED version of the same, I would probably switch in a heartbeat. The sticking point remains the steady stream of security update and bug fix SRPMs from Novell. Annual service packs won't do it. I'd build them myself without a supporting distro organization. Were they available, not only would I be running that cloned SLED right now, I'd be offering it to all my clients as their best alternative to that monopoly OS. Less than a five-year cycle makes it a hobby OS.
I'm trying to publicize the push for a specifically desktop version of what CentOS does for servers, with more of the desktop stuff which tends to show up in SUSE. As it is, I have to add a lot of stuff to CentOS, but it's worth it for the support of the underlying system, with timely security and bug fix updates.
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