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Old 01-22-2013, 10:40 PM   #1
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Red face "New to Linux & Have to contrast and compare Linux Server/workstation products.


Hello, This is my first post and I need alittle help. I'm new to Linux and have to compare/contrast linux server/workstation products between three separate and distinct vendors. I want to make sure I'm on the right tract, so I need to know, Is a vendor and a distributor the same? Don't laugh, just help!!!
 
Old 01-23-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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A vendor and distribution can be, but are not limited to being the same thing.

Suse and Redhat are both vendors and distributions.

Debian is not a commercial distribution, but is very well supported by the community, where RedHat & Suse Enterprise products
come with an annual support contract.

I think part of what you need to do is contrast the value of of a support contract vs. community support. If your company
has the in-house expertise to solve problems, you may not need a support contract. If not, or if your company requires indemnity
then you will want a commercial offering such as Redhat or Suse.
 
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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It would help if you told us who the 3 'vendors' you're looking at are.

Expanding on the RedHat option: the product is known as RHEL and requires a paid subscription as mentioned, but you can go with Centos, which is a free rebuild.
RHEL includes updates and paid support, Centos only includes updates; you'd have to be capable of supporting yourselves.

I can recommend looking up each product mentioned on wikipedia and on their home websites for more info.

Note that a 'distribution' aka distro is 'version' of Linux eg RHEL is a distro, as is Suse. RedHat is a company and a vendor and a distributor.
List of distros www.distrowatch.com

HTH

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Old 01-31-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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It would help if you told us who the 3 'vendors' you're looking at are.

Expanding on the RedHat option: the product is known as RHEL and requires a paid subscription as mentioned, but you can go with Centos, which is a free rebuild.
RHEL includes updates and paid support, Centos only includes updates; you'd have to be capable of supporting yourselves.

I can recommend looking up each product mentioned on wikipedia and on their home websites for more info.

Note that a 'distribution' aka distro is 'version' of Linux eg RHEL is a distro, as is Suse. RedHat is a company and a vendor and a distributor.
List of distros www.distrowatch.com

HTH
Sorry for the delayed response!!! Yes, I was looking at RedHat, Debian, SUSE, and Gentoo. We do have a support team, but I'm not sure who we be best for us. I'll do more research and let you all know which way I go! Thanks!!
 
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Well, if your Mgrs insist on a support contract, regardless of in-house capabilities, check for that first.
RHEL is the 'biggest' commercial distro.
Suse has a supported version.
Debian I'm not sure about.
Gentoo is designed to be built in-house from src; that may be more work than you want.
The others come as pre-built, with src available if required (rare).

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Mandriva too?
 
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Well, if your Mgrs insist on a support contract, regardless of in-house capabilities, check for that first.
RHEL is the 'biggest' commercial distro.
Suse has a supported version.
Debian I'm not sure about.
Gentoo is designed to be built in-house from src; that may be more work than you want.
The others come as pre-built, with src available if required (rare).
Thanks...I'll look in to RHEL and see whats-whats. I'll keep you posted!
 
  


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