Why I use CentOS and why it matters

This post is not aimed to start any flame-war over this or that when it comes to a Operating System, well maybe a little. In any case this will be a discussion in philosophy rather then a simple statement like the title of the post. My primary argument is simplicity. Since users most often wants a new flashy function when it is available many systems strive to achieve and add that as quickly as they can code. A other argument is stability, since the more you change the more likely are you to get into trouble when using programs and functions not tested.

So where does CentOS fall within this one might wonder? Well since they are exactly one thing and that is a copy of RedHat minus the fancy boot-screen I can feel assured that they fulfill both of my demands. Keeping things simple is one of the most important things you can do, doing things with fancy GUI’s or CLI’s will only add another layer of abstraction for the administrator and a users should never be exposed to that part of the system unless the users is already familiar with that type of environment. In the end how well a OS works is dependent upon the Administrator, that is if you feel more comfortable in a TUI you should use it. Because why wander out from your comfort zone?

Now with that said what is it that makes CentOS better? Simple not lacking, clean not bloated and efficient not overcompensating. I think that is reason enough but hey what do I know? I like OpenBSD as well but it is hard to compete with 400MB of imprint…

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