RedHat replacement

RedHat replacement

Post by Maziar Afl » Wed, 09 Jun 2004 10:23:08

Hi everyone,

I have been using RedHat and FreeBSD at work for 3 years now to run our web
servers. However, now that RedHat is no longer free I like to consider
another flavor of Linux as an alternative for RedHat. Preferably same level
of difficulty in terms of installation and available to download without
having to order any CD.

Any suggestions?

Thank you
Maier A.

RedHat replacement

Post by Kamaraju K » Wed, 09 Jun 2004 12:14:08

Did you try Debian? It is free and will stay free. There is net install
version available. The apt-get is much better than rpm dependency hell.
For further details see



RedHat replacement

Post by Ron Hous » Wed, 09 Jun 2004 12:21:40

Our local guru has just finished a review for exactly this purpose. He
is now recommending Debian. In short, he says that although Derbian's
install is a bit sludgy by latest gui standards, it has a good system
for packages. A complete list is on your machine at all times, even the
ones you never installed, so you can, when you need something, search
the list to find a package that suits. Then it tells you where to get
it. Thinking about my many seek-hours spent with redhat, I think that
sounds like a real timesaver. But I am only telling you what I was told,
so I can't guarantee the accuracy of this.


RedHat replacement

Post by Thibaut Pa » Wed, 09 Jun 2004 18:29:05

"Maziar Aflatoun" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:


for redhat-like install and management, I would suggest SuSE or
Mandrake. ISOs are dowloadable for Mandrake, SuSE can be installed through
FTP, which is for me even better for a single machine. However, you should
also consider going a little further behind the curtain and try Debian, that
I find finally easier to maintain than the so-called "user-friendly"
distributions, as with Debian you just have to know what you are looking for
(and that you can find in standard documentation) whereas the other
distributions (I mean RH-like) have all their own managing tool through
which you have to go each time you want to do anything, and which tend to
cancel anything you would have configured manually. As far as I know, you
can either download Debian or install it directly through the network.

Cheers, Thibaut.

RedHat replacement

Post by Fustanell » Wed, 09 Jun 2004 21:45:59

> another flavor of Linux as an alternative for RedHat. Preferably same

I'm delighted with Mandrake 10. Easy to install, lots of pre-loaded apps
ready to run.

RedHat replacement

Post by Chief » Fri, 11 Jun 2004 02:42:19

08 Jun 2004 01:23 UTC, Maziar Aflatoun typed:

Debian is very cool. I've always found dpkg/apt much better than rpm.
If you don't need to be looked after by a package manager, give Slackware
a try.

I had to hit him, he was beginning to make sense.

RedHat replacement

Post by Nico Kadel » Fri, 11 Jun 2004 14:04:32

RedHat is still free: it's just now called Fedora, and is even more properly
open source, with the semi-commercial or weirdly licensed packages in their
"RedHat Server" and other releases.

Fedora is where RedHat will do all the bleeding edge work that will get
beta-tested there for future release in their more stable, commercial
packages. This is a reasonable deal, and I'm reasonably impressed with the 2
Fedora releases so far.