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Linux Server Management Nightmare: Attack of the Killer Penguins

Feb 23, 2010, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Imagine a monstrous, seven-foot reanimated Tux-the-penguin with bolts though its neck, pursued through the countryside by angry pitchfork-wielding villagers. It's not an image you're likely to forget in a hurry.

"And that, one suspects, was the intention of Dan Pacek, Red Hat's strategic marketing guy, when he described the predicament you'll find yourself in, should you be foolish enough to ditch your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) support contract and get a cheaper third-party support offering instead.

""You're left running some sort of hybrid, in-between Frankenstein Linux," is how he put it, during a 40-minute webinar extravaganza aired earlier this month, devoted to trashing the RHEL support efforts offered by the likes of Novell and Oracle."

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