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Re: Goodbye Fedora and hello Centos?

On Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at 09:00AM, dries <dries ulyssis org> wrote:

>Quoting Dave Gutteridge <dave tokyocomedy com>:
>>     I was unable to resolve my problems in reading DVD drives in
>> Fedora 
>> 4. So, I decided to switch to another distribution. I saw on one site
>> that the three distros being nominated for best distribution by
>> user's 
>> vote were Ubuntu, CentOS, and Fedora Core. I tried Ubuntu, but the 
>> installer kept failing. So I went to CentOS.
>>     Anyway, long story short, CentOS looks and feels just like
>> Fedora, 
>> and it reads all my DVD drives normally, so I think I could be happy
>> with it.
>>     But...
>>     When I tried to install Xine, using yum, it said it could not
>> find 
>> it. And then I went looking for an RPM for Xine, and they're all for
>> Red 
>> Hat or Fedora. I tried installing an RPM for Fedora anyway, reasoning
>> that maybe they were the same in more than just looks, but no dice.
>>     As I looked around the net, it seems that applications all seem
>> to 
>> have specific builds for Red Hat, Fedora, a couple of Debian
>> builds... 
>> but no CentOS. Going by the amount of available information and
>> support, 
>> Fedora is the primary Linux distribution, and CentOS hardly even
>> exists.
>>     Can't I have it all? Stability, the ability to read my DVD
>> drives, 
>> *and* a variety of applications?
>>     Further, why is everything being built for Fedora if it's some
>> kind 
>> of experimental build not ideal for consumer use (as was explained to
>> me 
>> on this very list)?
>>     What's the deal here?
>In short: you need to add the apt/smart/yum/.. lines of rpm repositories
>for Red Hat Enterprise Linux because CentOS is compatible with RHEL.
>The normal binary version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux can't be
>downloaded freely but the source rpms are available because it's all
>open source. CentOS is made of these source rpms, so it's almost exactly
>the same as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. So rpms for Red Hat Enterprise
>Linux work very well on CentOS. Of course some source rpms are changed
>to remove the trademarks of Red Hat and you don't have support from Red
>Hat anymore. 
>kind regards,


I have a very naive question. If Red Hat and CentOS are virtually the same, why were Dave's DVD drive issues resolved in CentOS, but not in Red Hat?


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