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Installing CentOS 5.3 on a Netbook - A Cautionary Tale

Jul 20, 2009, 19:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

"The folks at Red Hat famously backport support for newer hardware into their enterprise releases which, in turn, show up in CentOS so I had hoped for fairly good results out of the virtual box. While it certainly is true that netbooks and nettops (mini desktops) have found their way into the corporate world it turns out they really are not at all well supported by CentOS just yet. In many ways making this work was analogous to putting a square peg in a round hole. I was, in effect, trying to do something that CentOS really just isn't designed to do.

"This article should not be seen as a critical review of CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Both are very, very good at what they set out to do, which is to provide an extremely secure and stable environment with tried and tested (usually meaning older) software. Rather it is a cautionary tale of what happens when you try to use this particular distro in a way that really wasn't intended. After all, when CentOS 5 first appeared there were no netbooks on the market yet. Even when the Asus EeePC first became popular nobody would have imagined netbooks in an enterprise environment. It took a combination of improved netbook specs and a severe global economic crisis to make that happen even on a small scale. Netbook support simply wasn't seen as something important to backport into to an enterprise OS."

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