--- trainier@kalsec.com wrote: > I've been running
SuSE 7.3 for 4 years now. I've,
> not once, had to
> contact SuSE for support on their operating system.
> There's so much
> support and documentation in other places (web,
> usenet, irc) I haven't
> bothered with support from SuSE.


i agree.. i don't think it boils down to SuSE Linux
alone, but also many of the Linux distros around..
Google, mailing lists (like this one) and all sorts of
other internet resources are all the support a
dedicated UNIX/Linux user requires to get by..

besides, most times users need support for the
packages that run on Linux, which, a good chunk of
time, the distribution vendor (vendor S, R, D, M
e.t.c.) doesn't really own.. in the end, users end up
subscribing to the software maker's mailing list,
which is good for everyone.. ..

> SuSE does tend to
> drop support on their
> operating system. The only REAL benefit I've missed
> out on, is SuSE's
> sophisticated automated patch update process.


yes, i think u r referring to YoU (YaST Online
Update).. i think it began with 7.3, but mostly
command line, and quite shifty.. it's a dream on 8.2
Pro.. run it ever so often, keeps the system up to
scratch..

> I
> simply patch software
> when i need to. If there's patches required on the
> OS, it's either
> directed at the kernel, or the software running on
> the OS.


yes, used to do this prior to YoU.. was very hectic
(but had to be done).. YoU makes life way easier,
although i wish YoU could be developed so u upgrade
only one server in your farm, and the rest can look to
that server for the upgrades, rather than all of them
trying to contact SuSE's FTP service.. but i digress,
sorry...

>
> I've been dramatically impressed with the SuSE
> operating system.


me too...

> I might
> suggest that you purchase a license for Norton
> Ghost. I use it for my
> test machine so I can easily 'rebuild' the box after
> I've finished
> testing.


i see..

> if you're not familiar with linux support on IRC,
> I'd be glad to fill you
> in. It's a very valuable and free resource.


i am.. SuSE actually do have a room on IRC that i tend
to frequent..

Regards,

Mark.

>
> Regards,
>
> Tim Rainier
>
>
>
>
> Graham Nicholls
> 03/31/2004 09:55 AM
>
> To: squid-users@squid-cache.org
> cc:
> Subject: Re: [squid-users] My Squid
> Hardware -- Any
> Tips/Advice Before It's Commissioned
>
>
> On Wednesday 31 March 2004 15:08, Peter Albrecht
> wrote:
> > Hi Mark,
> >
> > On Wednesday 31 March 2004 15:05, Mark Tinka

> wrote:
> > > o SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional
> > > o Kernel 2.4.20

> >
> > ...
> >
> > > generally, are there any tips anyone can advise
> > > regarding the best i can get out of my
> > > hardware/software configuration..?.. it's been a

> while
> > > since i've built an enterprise squid box, and i

> want
> > > to do it right the first time... pretty much

> excited
> > > and looking forward to it..

> >
> > SUSE 8.2 is definitely _not_ the OS of choice for

> running a server in a
> > corporate environment.

> OTOH, it is stable & if you don't want support from
> SuSE, its fine.
> > If you need any support for this machine, you

> should
> > run SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 8 (which is based

> on SUSE LINUX 8.1).
> Only
> > for this OS SUSE LINUX will provide any support

> and maintenance for more
> > than about two years (which is the normal lifetime

> for the SUSE LINUX
> 8.x,
> > 9.x). SLES 8 is supported for at least five years

> from General
> Availability
> > of the product (which means support and

> maintenance will be available
> until
> > 2007).

> I have to say this looks like a blatant commercial
> for the more expensive
> SLES, where the cheaper product (I'd use 9.0) is
> fine. I have corporate
> servers running every release of SuSE Linux from 7.0
> onwards - and have
> used
> 5.3 (IIRC) for the same.
>
> Graham
> > Regards,
> >
> > Peter

>
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> www.rockcons.co.uk
> The answer is always "Yes".
>
>






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