Wednesday, December 03, 2003

NewsForge | Moving from Red Hat to Mandrake

NewsForge | Moving from Red Hat to Mandrake

For the first time in a good while, I'm not running Red Hat. This article is the first to be written on my new Mandrake 9.2 installation. While I feel no anger nor resentment towards Red Hat for its recent announcement that it is dropping its consumer desktop product, I do feel some angst. Red Hat has every right to pursue greater profits. They are choosing profits today from the server/enterprise market over participation in what will be the fastest growth market for Linux in the future: The consumer desktop. The reason for my angst, of course, is that the Red Hat announcement meant I would have to move my desktop to a new distribution.

Kinda like my situation. Even at work, my personal box is running Slackware. I had to find a distribution that was not going through major change. Slackware is the second distribution I tried, way back in 1997. I stuck with it for a while before I started working at the lab, where they had standardized on Redhat. It is now time to move back to slackware, at least at home. At work we are still trying to decide which distro to move to.

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