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Old 01-20-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
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Looking for an alternative to CentOS


I'd like to try something else, in the Redhat, CentOS lineage. We'd like something that compiles software, updates, and works right out of the box without too much tinkering. What do you think?
 
Old 01-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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well nothing is going to be in the redhat "family" that builds everything from source, as that's not how redhat has ever worked...
 
Old 01-21-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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It's not very clear what you're after. Chris has interpreted "compiles software" as meaning that you want a source-based distro, while I'd take "works right out of the box' as the opposite!

What are you using this for? Home, business? Laptop, desktop, server? What is it about CentOS that you like? dislike? Tell us the full story and we'll do our best.
 
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We'd like something that compiles software, updates, and works right out of the box without too much tinkering.
I think that CentOS can do all of these things, do you agree?

If you disagree, then why are you looking for something else "in the CentOS family"? Wouldn't you want something completely different from CentOS that would be a better fit for your needs, like maybe Mint or Ubuntu?
 
Old 01-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #5
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Centos 6.2 is the current
but from your question i think you would be best served paying red hat for a 1 or 2 year support contract
Until such time as you can support the OS your self .

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We'd like something that compiles software, updates, and works right out of the box without too much tinkering.
buy a red hat support contract
1) We'd like something that compiles software
-- install gcc
2) updates,
-- for RHEL - buy a required license
-- or use Cent or Scientific linux both are free rebuilds of RHEL


RHEL is designed for the server and office .It is not good for home use .

home use Linux Mint or Ubuntu are good BUT they are Debian based ,not rpm based.
Fedora 16 (fedora 17 in 4 months) ?? maybe BUT it changes very VERY fast and is a very BAD choice for the Office -
it tends to be the newest of the new - lots of bugs and unstable - not good for running a business on .
 
Old 01-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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... We'd like something that compiles software, updates, and works right out of the box without too much tinkering. What do you think?
The only way that I can make sense of that is to read it as 'We'd like something where it is possible to compile software (ie, has compilers, etc), but that you don't have to compile software at all, or, don't have to compile software to get some useful level of functionality, but may have to compile software to get 'extra stuff'.

What I think is that you could try Scientific, but whether it is actually different enough to be worth bothering is another question. Both Scientific and Centos are remastered versions of RH, so whether different logos and branding and a slightly different set of additional repos are the kind of thing that you want is questionable, at best.
 
  


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