Many years ago, when I first started using Linux the choice of distro was made for me by my employer. Fast forward around 12 years and I’m using a long lost descendant, CentOS. I’m sure you can appreciate that with over ten years familiarity with a particular way of doing things, I wasn’t very pleased about the prospect of being stuck with debian to use on my new Raspberry Pi. Imagine my pleasure when I find that some very talented people have taken it upon themselves to port the Prominent North American Enterprise Linux Vendor‘s primary product to ARM! As they point out, this isn’t simply a re-packaging of CentOS because they have to make changes to the code on the upstream SRPMs.
I like the idea of using the Raspberry PI as a pseudo-desktop machine as much as the next person, but I feel that everyone has completely glossed over its ability to act as an embedded server with many of today’s technology. If your fridge is going to have one of these stuck to the back monitoring your calorie intake, you need an enterprise platform and RedSleeve Linux is the answer.
As I said before, I’m more familiar with the CentOS-style of system management and my next post will discuss how to install a basic PHP set up using RPMs I’ve built myself for the Raspberry PI.