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  What's So Java About Sun's Linux Desktop?
Subject:   Hardened? Integrated?
Date:   2004-10-18 18:05:24
From:   gdriggs
Response to: Hardened? Integrated?

Just to clarify, Slackware is the oldest, currently developed Linux dist. There are some that predate it that are no longer maintained, including Ygdrassil IIRC. As for your choice to boycott JDS, that's certainly yours to make. But while you're at it, you might also consider never purchasing Novell's SUSE Linux Desktop. It's what JDS is built on which is in turn based on SUSE 8.1. You can confirm this by comparing the versions of glibc (2.2.5) and Linux kernel used (2.4.19) in all three distributions. As for the server and management tools you're speaking of, what relevance do they have for a desktop OS? JDS has management tools but they're designed for managed entire LANs of desktops, not for services running on each host. I think your mention of enterprise Linux distributions has no bearing on the discussion of desktops.
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  • Enterprise?
    2004-10-18 18:15:09  gdriggs [View]

    I suppose I should do my own clarifying... I think you're confusing enterprise desktop OSs with enterprise server OSs. It's the equivalent of claiming that Windows 2003 Server is worse or better than Windows XP Pro for deploying on serveral hundred, thousand, or ten thousand desktops. Sun JDS is an enterprise desktop OS. Sun Solaris is an enterprise server OS. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an enterprise server OS. Red Hat's Fedora is a desktop OS. SUSE Linux desktop is an enterprise desktop OS. SUSE Enterprise Server 9 is self explanatory. SUSE Linux Pro and Personal are desktop OSs but not enterprise desktop OSs. Mac OS Apple is not the same as Mac OS Orange.