Subject: Re: [Ambassadors] Red Hat Virtual Experience report
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 23:17:13 +0100
Juanjo, thank you for your post. :)
I'm the man "with the gap between Fedora an RHEL"
Sorry to not identifying myself as an ambassador.
I was commenting with Max a problem that my company has with a big customer, with a very
complex set of needs.
For the server they have pretty clear that RHEL it's the way to go (or CentOS when
paid support it's not important), but for the desktop it's different because they
want to migrate from Windows to a state-of-the-art desktop.
Ah, customers' set of needs indeed. :)
Basically they want the RHEL support (7 years), with the cutting edge
features of Fedora (only 18 months, and then reinstall or play with upgrade). And I want
to own a Ferrari :)
We know that this very unlikely to happen because the long time support and ABI
compatibility over time implies app version freezing, so we're proposing RHEL for
desktops that require long time support (and "suffer" Gnome 2.16, etc), and
Fedora for the rest.
Definitely sounds like your company has determined requirements and applied these
requirements into specifications which are now being addressed and creating solutions in
order to address. :)
+1 Juanjo! :)
Overall they're happy with the idea (three levels: RHEL for long
time paid support, CentOS for long time community support and Fedora for cutting edge
desktops -- and satellite/spacewalk to manage them all).
Woo hoo! :)
The weak point comes when the Fedora support ends. Too much desktops
to reinstall, or upgrade (that actually isn't 100% perfect).
Sounds like a possible example of desktop deployment...or at least a consideration for how
to integrate in order to address. :)
From weaknesses come a set of solutions as well opportunities, find a
way to think outside the box and the world "options may be endness indeed" is
Than was a complex conversation to have in the minimal-tiny chat box
of the Fedora booth, but anyway :)
Comments are welcome, because it seems to me a nice case to prove your advocacy abilities
How about consideration of virtualization for integrating your customers' needs? :)
Juanjo, as an idea for some more food for thought regarding your customers' needs,
have you considered placing a "Post" into the FedoraForum.org? This may be a
good forum to get additional ideas/considerations which may be to your advantage. :)
If interested, see FedoraForum.org's URL -
Please have a great day and an enjoyable weekend! :~)
- David -
Even monkeys fall from trees.
Even experts make mistakes.
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