[rad] Re: pseudo-newbie exec scripts and session-time

Charles Gregory cgregory at hwcn.org
Fri Jun 12 17:30:52 CEST 2009

On Fri, 12 Jun 2009, John Dennis wrote:
> BTW, the philosophy of RHEL (why it's "older"), the philosophy of Fedora (why 
> it's bleeding edge) and CentOS is explained on the FreeRadius FAQ under Red 
> Hat (http://wiki.freeradius.org/Red_Hat_FAQ). It's incumbent upon you when 
> selecting an OS to install to comprehend the associated issues of that 
> choice.

Firstly, thank you for the very thoughtful and well-worded reply.
Sadly, the problem I am complaining about here is that so many people
spend so much time providing answers like this one you gave, when I
ALREADY HAVE THAT ANSWER. I'd already read all the FAQ's, and so on.

I quoted your above paragraph because it is central to my thinking.
I made a CHOICE. I was constrained by budget to 'free' software.
But I could have still chosen Debian or another 'newer' OS.
I CHOSE CentOS for it's *simplicity* and stability. I KNEW I was also 
choosing to have fewer/older features. I had (and have) the option to 
upgrade if it is necessary. But where possible, I try to work within the 
'basic' framework of this easily understood 'basic' OS and environment, 
so that for potential future volunteers life will be simpler. I really 
believe that the problem here is my understanding of FreeRADIUS. It is 
NOT a 'shortcoming' of version 1.x (at least I can't imagine why it would 
be). All I need is a bit of advice or a pointer to a 1.x-specific 

So if I have any legitimate complaint against the "FreeRADIUS team" it is 
only that with versions so 'close together' in time, there really should 
either be a repository of documents applying to 1.x (similar to how Apache 
mainatains its separate document trees for 1.x and 2x), or in the 'main' 
documentation, there 'should' be those little footnotes that say "applies 
to 2.1 and later" in the descriptions of commands. I put 'should' in 
quotes, because I recognize that sometimes volunteers don't have time to 
do these things, and I always try not to sound like I'm 'demanding' on
the time of other volunteers.

But yes, John, I *knew* what I was choosing. This is one reason I get so 
incensed by people who clutter a group with replies that tell me I made a 
bad choice. Not that their opinions 'hurt' me directly, but I am concerned 
that people are hanging on the fringes, and perhaps have an answer to my 
questions, but they see an 'official-sounding' response, and maybe they 
think they're not "supposed" or "allowed" to answer questions about 
earlier versions...... Sounds silly, I know, but people are like that. :)

Thank you John!

- Charles

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