Re: Suggestions for Debian Harware Vendors
Alvin Oga wrote:
I'm not talking about official support from Dell, but simply making life
easier if I do choose to run Debian. Perhaps my original wording was
hi ya jason
On Fri, 16 Sep 2005, Jason Martens wrote:
We are currently a Dell shop
my condolences :-)
but are getting frustrated with the
lack of debian support available for our Dell servers.
and where is the "debian support" supposed to come from ??
if it's dell hardware, than dell's policy is they will provide the
support their vendors and your customers will ever need
if we ( anybody ) changes the installed OS, dell's warranty and support
is thrown out the window with the bath water, leaving the customers
stuck until the orig dell installed os is back in their hw
I think this is a valuable resource if one is forced to run Debian on a
Dell. There are very helpful people out there.
see these   threads on the linux-poweredge list if you are interested.
i've long since given up on dell's mailing list
Yes, it does seem somewhat backwards, but it is the non-trivial aspect
that I am thinking of. Imagine how easy it would be if Dell provided a
repository for their OMSA and raid drivers! Or even a tarball
installation instead of an RPM, that could more easily be converted to a
.deb. This is the kind of "support" that I am looking for from a
hardware vendor. Making my life easier. If there is no vendor out
there that does, then I guess I'm stuck with stupid RPM management
packages and windows self extracting floppy disk images.
While much of the time, Dell hardware can be made to work on Debian,
that's backward ..
OS's can be made to run on any hardware ... or not depending on the
(human) installer abilities to make it work on that hardware
- dell uses custom hardware and custom firmware which
makes it non-trivial in some cases ( ie. not for beginners )
Thanks, this is some of the kind of information I was looking for...
I'm not sure how willing my bosses will be to go with a smaller shop, so
I was hoping someone had experience installing Debian on say Sun, HP,
IBM or Penguin Linux for example, and can say if it was difficult to get
everything working, or easy. Remote management is also a primary concern.
don't enjoy being a second class citizen to the RedHat, SuSE and Windows
i'll refrain from any more bad jokes that i like to always point out :-)
My question to the debian-user list is this: Is there another
vendor out there that supports their servers with debian as a tier-one
lots of vendors provide debian support on their own hardware they ship
and/or support of other people's broken hardware
eg.. we make tons of revenue fixing broken dell boxes
after the customers have given up on "dell support"
list of debian vendors
- note that some are hardware nuetral while others
support only their hardware
- note that some are debian-ites and others are not
the problem with "dell support" is that they send out generic gorilla
to come and look at the customer system, even if they cannot fix it,
but can claim dell was out there in 4hr or 24hr per their contract
- these generic gorilla sometimes have the expertise needed
and sometimes clueless other than a body to sign in that
they showed up ( and they don't even work at dell but is
fixing it is a separate issue, and i think everybody understands that
I am looking for anything that can shed light on the
situation like mailing lists for other companies similar to the
linux-poweredge list, personal experience, comparisons involving debian,
there's too too much "light" and solutions and options ...
for a vendor or for the customers
What does this mean?
I think you misunderstood what I am asking for, which is probably my
fault. I don't care about "official" support as much as I care about
their systems being open and accessible to Debian, without having to
convert RPM binary monitoring tools.
I have some freedom to choose here, and I want to reward the vendor that
is the most open and supportive of debian. Finding that vendor is the
problem right now.
that should be trivial to find ...
the problem most support providers have is that they expect to be
paid for their expertise .. not $5/hr ... that other support outfits
require to hire their gorillas vs having folks that do this for a living
24x7 to fix other peoples hardware and software and installations
- most customers initiall will not pay for additional professional
"support" and thus they have to decide which is worst:
live with the broken (dell) systems or pay the folks that
can fix it once and for all