eWeek: Linux Vendors Challenged

“I’m an enterprise user of desktop Linux, but I don’t use an
enterprise Linux distribution. My home and office desktops are
running Fedora, the so-called developer and enthusiast variant of
Red Hat Linux.

“My distribution preference has less to do with being on the
bleeding edge than with basic manageability—in particular,
managing the installation and updating of software on my systems.
The fact that others might share my preference could pose a problem
for Red Hat and other enterprise Linux vendors.

“Popular and freely available Linux distributions such as Debian
and Fedora boast many more users than pay-per-machine,
enterprise-oriented distributions. Popularity has its advantages.
More users means more bug reports, mailing list queries, unofficial
how-to documents and application software packages…”


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