It took years, but RHEL for ARM is finally here, so it's time to start taking ARM as a server seriously.
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- Kind of late for that49w
- If you take Linux on a server seriously, you'd probably run Debian, and that had ARM/ARM64 for years.49w
- intersting comment, in my experience developers prefer debian and sysadmins prefer redhat/centos. Both groups take it seriously but with very different goals in mind49w
- RedHat is in the support business, Debian isn't. That means two things:
First, when you have a problem, RedHat can help you, while with Debian, you have to help yourself (actually, the community does help you, but you have to prove that you are worthy). For people who don't think they are good enough to help themselves or pass the proof of worthiness, RedHat is way more assuring.
Second, being in the support business also means you have to make your product somehow crappy so that you can sell the support contracts (nobody buys a support contract again when the product is perfect). That means you actually have these problems where you need to call support. Incentives work by the invisible hand of the market, and the largest support-based distributor is the one where the complaint department makes most money. That is, because they provide something that causes trouble, and their complaint department can help to fix that troubles.
I think the idea is to bypass this by using CentOS, but that's not possible: You just get the RedHat problems, but you don't have support for it. CentOS is the incentive to buy RedHat.49w
- You fundamentally misunderstand what Red Hat is and who they are.
Red Hat is in the service business, yes. However they do no such thing as break RHEL intentionally to sell support contracts. To imply or state such is asinine.
RHEL is the platform and base for all of Red Hats products. If they intentionally broke it people wouldn’t buy it or use it as a base. Instead they do it in bulk. Furthermore a break in RHEL would but all upstream products at Red Hat in jeopardy.
Many of the issues with RHEL have nothing to do with the product but rather complications with implementations and custom enhancements.
Furthermore, enterprise clients enjoy having a company they can fall back on to support and assist them with their individual use cases. This is what makes RHEL so powerful. The fact any one of Red Hats clients knows they can experience a complication and immediantly get support.49w
- You don't understand. Incentives work, even when you don't want them to work that way.
And of course they can't break it so hard that it doesn't work anymore or they can't fix it — that would be the end of their business.
I've worked with RHEL in a company where the admins bought it to cover their asses. I've seen various subtle bugs on that system I had never ever seen in any other distribution — none of these broke anything hard or caused a crash, but it had cosmetic issues severe enough that I didn't want to show my software with those bugs.
Instead of calling RedHat, I ended up installing a community distribution on my laptop, and the problem went away, as if it never existed (and it never had shown up in the 15 years before, so I can't blame some older version of X11 — the problems were only with RHEL's X11 server).
The invisible hand of a free market just works by magic: Set an incentive, and whatever game theory tells you is the outcome will happen.
And that even when all actors are honest and don't think they approve that twisted mission statement. I have a friend at RedHat, and he swears that he wouldn't work like that.
When you buy RHEL, you can be sure that when something doesn't work, you can call them and they will fix it or help you when you actually caused. But you also can be sure that something won't work (at least not flawless), and you have to call them.49w
- I can't download the ISO file from RedHat Customer Portal, I had an account with valid subscription.49w
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