Originally Posted by pixellany
My first impression is that you are being paid by a client to do work in a field that you know little about. If that's true, then there are some pretty serious implications---for everyone---if we start helping you.
I think you need to ask some kind of more specific question. Also, explain to us what your client wants to invest in.
Sorry I left such a poor impression.
I'm looking for "Two heads are better than one".
SuSE has great enterprise support and Novell really goes out of their way to address issues/bugs and provide top notch resolution. (Each customers mileage may vary) Since kernel 2.6 SLES has gained in popularity and most notably scalability. We have been able to get some great 8x16 performance on IBM 445's. There's a memory management problem (Memory fragmentation) in Kernel 2.4, I haven't looked into it if it's been fixed in 2.6 or addressed individually by Novell or RedHat
RedHat has a great product as well, and I even prefer it better. The Base OS is a little heavy and requires significant securing off the shelf, but the Satellite service they offer is great for small business who don't have enterprise asset management in place. Also, since OLE is gaining in popularity, working on RedHat is a transferable skill when dealing with oracle OLE installations.
I've found that RedHat support at all levels is superior to Novell, both on the web through their knowledge base support docs and over the phone. I do get a little frustrated with SOS reports, but that rigtht there differentiates the two products. SuSE doesn't have a SOS type tool that grabs all your pertinent system info for diags.
So I'm not fishing for someone to tell me what to tell my customer, I'm recognizing that to say I have all the answers is just foolish and was looking for current info on the products that I may not be aware of (EX: Novell Files CH13!!! *How'd I miss that?*), if any exists.