In the article I wrote yesterday, I directed my wrath at CentOS for a bad experience I had with a new installation. A lot of people called me out on it, and they’re right. CentOS isn’t the cause of the problems that I mentioned – all they’re doing it copying things from upstream.
The design decisions about installations should be directed at them, to be sure. Here’s a snippit from Chapter 9 of RHEL 6 installation guide:
While text mode installations are not explicitly documented, those using the text mode installation program can easily follow the GUI installation instructions. However, because text mode presents you with a simpler, more streamlined installation process, certain options that are available in graphical mode are not also available in text mode. These differences are noted in the description of the installation process in this guide, and include:
- configuring advanced storage methods such as LVM, RAID, FCoE, zFCP, and iSCSI.
- customizing the partition layout
- customizing the bootloader layout
- selecting packages during installation
- configuring the installed system with firstboot
At least CentOS has this under the “known issues” section.
Yesterday, I unjustly accused CentOS of making a crappy installation experience and I’m sorry for that.
For the record, I’d love to try out an evaluation of Red Hat Enterprise, but unfortunately, I use gmail:
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