On 12-01-12 12:32 PM, Jeffrey Taylor wrote:
I have an interview for a sys admin job. They're asking for Redhat/SUSE
experience. Can anyone offer any suggestions(major differences/common
locations, etc) for 'switching' from Debian? Any common caveats, use cases,
variations or maybe even just 'FAQs' about switching. Thanks!
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I've done this transition in reverse - starting from RedHat and moving
to Debian. It's a grind, and config file locations, data locations and
scripting differences all need to be reviewed one-by-one. I would not
trust a system I administer to someone else's transition scripts.
Unix/Linux administration is the skill set needed - not one particular
distribution's methods of achieving stable system operation. When
choosing a distribution, the primary factors for me are the number of
professionals administering similar systems - because this is an
indication of stability and commitment. I've been on the commercial
vendor bandwagon, and they have a nasty habit of changing the rules
midstream and asking for subscriptions to formerly free services, or
changing policies on source availability of required code. Commercial
vendors answer first to shareholders and second to the user base. As
soon as a vendor goes down the for-profit commercial road, the risk they
will implode gets way higher than not-for-profit distributions. Look
at OpenOffice, MySQL, Quanta etc. to see how badly things go once the
original developers decide to cash out and sell to corporate America.
Thank RMS (and/or whatever God you choose) for making forking projects a
valid exit strategy.
It isn't the money I object to - I think people should make a profit
from their work. I object to the amount of work it costed me in the
past on changing platforms due to vendor instability.
Maintenance and security support are critical. Packaging systems need
bulletproof dependency checking and stable paths forward. I'm a .deb
fan and learned to hate RPM. Working systems broke for me on routine
upgrades with Redhat, and I've never had a Debian (or derivative) box
die sue to upgrades.