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Hi,
I am asked to dig into Websphere for my company, which is a consulting firm. However, after trying the installs on both linux and windows 2000, I am frustrated. I can't easily print the install pdf files, they are about 200 pages! They describe installs, merges, PTFs for older versions as well. I have gentoo linux running so, I went and grabbed jboss and it seems to be installing ok. JBoss also has nice forums where you can get responses from other users and developers.

Question I have is- how realistic is it to configure and learn about websphere on your own with just a trial version? Has anyone done this with Websphere 5.0? How good is IBM with their free trial support?
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I've not tried Websphere 5, but I did try to install Websphere 4 when it came out - what a nightmare! Even the examples didn't even work.
Anyway, I'll move this to the Webspere forum where you can get some more help.
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I've installed WAS v5.0 on RedHat Linux v8 a couple of days ago. It's fairly easy (if you ARE familiar with previous versions of WAS)!
Also check out the WebSphere v5.0 InfoCenter for "Getting started -> Installing WebSphere Application Server". That will answer most of your questions.
 
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In general, if it's support you want, you'll be fairly disappointed with WebSphere products. I come here for any difficult problems and eventually Kyle Brown will come along and reply. However, I cannot believe that you be happier using JBoss. Websphere is easier to use/administer and is as scalable of an appserver as any on the market. I developed on Weblogic for a year and tend to favor Websphere. Granted my experience with JBoss is limited, but I think that once you get into it, you'll prefer Websphere.
 
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Hi,
Has anyone installed it successfully on gentoo linux? WAS 5.0 specs say it only supports Redhat Linux.
 
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