Those who know me will back me up on this; I evaluate things fairly. You will never hear me say $FOO is clearly superior than anything else, and there’s no reason for anyone to use anything else. That includes Linux and Linux distros. I calls them as I sees them, and I do not feel that Linux is always better in every situation for every user, nor is one distribution/brand of Linux clearly the best for all situations. And I’ve been using Linux since Red Hat 4.2 in 1997 (I still have the disks).
I recently installed Ubuntu Karmic (9.10), waiting a few months after release as I usually do so the major bugs are already fixed, and ran into many more problems than I expected. I find this unfortunate, because one of the main reasons I switched from Fedora to Ubuntu is no longer valid. Some of this post is about this release, and some is about the state of Linux in general.
Red Hat (RHAT) is to be included in the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index next week!!! That’s just so cool. While I switched to Ubuntu a while ago myself, Red Hat is a great company with great products, and they contribute very heavily to the Linux kernel, drivers, and software.
I just moved my server from Fedora 8 (way discontinued) to Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope. Many networking problems and other wildly different config files. Much sleep lost. But now I have the website back up, webmail working, the Wiki is working, mail with IMAP working, and MythTV working.
Yes, indeed, much sleep lost.
Last night was another night of going to bed after 2AM, but I finally got all the critical set up and working. This is a very multipurpose box. Off the top of my head, it hosts mail in (SMTP), mail out (IMAP), this blog, my Wiki, mailman, subversion, home automation software, and database. I still have a lot to do, but nothing that’s going to keep me up late again.