I should apologize to any regular readers, who likely don’t care one little bit about Linux, but I feel like I need to let people know, just in case anyone out there is pondering a new REDHAT install. DON’T! I’ve been a RedHat user (though not necessarily direct administrator) for 7 years or so now. I was running around in 1999 with a 15.4″ OpenBSD powered laptop and attached Ricochet wireless modem. Ricochet is long since gone (though the name has been resurrected), though OpenBSD has powered along…
Back in 2000, I attempted putting OpenBSD to the torture test of a site I was managing, and OpenBSD failed miserably… After 2 dozen kernel recompiles and openbsd mailing list inquiries, I finally decided to thrown in OpenBSD’s towel and switch to *anything* that would work… My online shop was getting hammered and I just needed to help people buy. So, my good buddy Mark helped me install Mandrake, and I’ve been happily using various RedHat based Linuxes ever since.
Today, RedHat has failed me much as OpenBSD failed me back in 2000. RedHat didn’t simply crash under a heavy load (for the record, it’s never done that to me), but RedHat’s RPM Hell is just too much. I don’t have the time or the patience to continue wasting my time with yum and rpmfind whenever yum fails me.
There is a way out of RPM Hell. Ubuntu: Linux for human beings. If you’re considering a new Linux install, I implore you to give Ubuntu a shot. You most certainly thank me. Stop wgetting random RPMs from rpmfind each time Yum fails to deliver what you want. Finally, install most any package you are looking for, FAST. Spend the extra time getting your job done. Once you get Ubuntu installed, just run:
# Just use “apt-cache search some package“, for example: apt-cache search tracker # Ahh, found it. I wanted request-tracker3.4 sudo apt-get install request-tracker3.4