Linux Magazine: Keep Your System Ship-Shape with RHNJun 24, 2001, 16:00 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)
[ Thanks to Jason Perlow for this link. ]
Jason Perlow explains why you should pay for the Red Hat Network instead of using Debian's apt-get or similar tools from Mandrake or Helix:
"Unlike what exists for Windows, there has not been one central repository or mechanism for keeping a Linux system up-to-date -- with the notable exception of the Debian distribution apt update system, which, while extremely flexible and powerful, does not have widespread adoption. There have been attempts to create utilities for other distributions that do the same thing for RPM system components (including AutoRPM, Helix Update, and Mandrake Update), but they don't really have the backing of a large organization to set up the support infrastructure; it's still up to the end user to properly configure and point the system towards a reliable source of updates. Short of upgrading your Linux distribution once or twice a year, there's been no easy way to keep a system truly up-to-date."