"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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