> it must be possible to upgrade in a timely and predictable manner
> minimise risk and downtime, therefore package management is extremely
It is, though. I'll admit that Debian, Gentoo, Red Hat or others may make it
'easier', but for example I have subscribed to the Slackware security
mailing list (a very quite one at that) and if and when updates come out on
the security front (and I have only received notification of one), the
general mail around contains links to the updated package.
I'll concede that Debian Gentoo and even Red Hat have 'better' systems for
package management, however Slackware is far and away much simpler in terms
of setting up a firewall for example, if one is doing so by hand.
/etc/rc.d/rc.local gets edited. In Debain (which is the next contender for
the title) as a newbie I was confounded by the /etc/init.d/service symlinks
to various rc0.d rc1.d runlevels etc and I found that Slackware due to it's
simplicity allowed me to tackle more of the core challenges, then figuring
out what went where, in terms of starting services, stopping services and so
on for different runlevels (for example).
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