RHEL or SLED vs. klunking your way through another
One formative day in my development as a customer of linux (i.e., newbie) was when I spent $60 for CD's from Novell. There was no fraud in the transaction, but I guess somehow I got the idea that I was paying for SLED when instead I got openSUSE. Or somehow, after downloading openSUSE and playing with it for months, I erroneously thought that I would get something more (ie., the equivalent of SLED) if I were to pay $60 for a set of CD's.
Sometimes in my frustrations with roll-your-own distros (which I include ubuntu in this category) I wonder if my life would have been simpler if I just paid $50-200 for a professional license to one of the big-boys distros (SLED, RHEL) instead of goofing around with Knoppix, ubuntu, openSUSE, or Fedora.
I've done things like "destroy" a distro install AFAICS by means of installing my own video driver. When it happens, I get furious at the roll-your-own nature of the distro (yes, even ones like ubuntu). I'm willing to learn and tinker, but eventually, I have to do work (albeit hobby work) that is not in the field of OS development. Eventually the computer has to be a tool and not an all-consuming hobby.
So when would you advise someone to shell out cash? Are the professional versions completely free of any and all drivers issues?
Last edited by pterandon; 04-02-2007 at 10:43 PM.