"Red Hat Linux has always had a particular, unique 'flavor,' as
has each of the other leading distributions. Even as Debian has
been extremely circumspect and careful, as Caldera has put
stability above all, Red Hat has sought and held the leading edge.
Red Hat was the first to jump to glibc, for instance, in the 5.0
distribution that few remember very happily. (Even 5.1 had upwards
of 60 megs of errata within weeks of its release.) But for users
who expected a rough go of it, it was fine. Red Hat was doing what
Red Hat did, and aside from the usual distributional chauvanism no
one had much of a problem with it -- though no one deleted a
working Red Hat 4.2 partition then, either...."
"So here we have the leading Linux distributor, by its own
account, shipping a compiler that's incompatible with anything else
-- and selling it to businesses. Does Red Hat believe that it has
achieved the power and stature to decree that the standard is the
basically nonexistent gcc-2.96? One hopes not...."
"In an interview, a Red Hat spokesman said that it doesn't
matter if the resulting binaries are incompatible, and that anybody
seeking to do serious work with any software ought to test it
thoroughly first, anyway (which is certainly true if the any
software in question is a dot zero distribution from Red Hat). This
view is a valid one, but not the only valid one. Another is that a
company that advertises Linux for business might want to be a
little less cavalier about whether or not the damned thing
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