I post recently about an issue I had regarding Upstart and Ubuntu 14.04. Two mods chimed in, one suggesting I use a systemd based OS, and another supporting the suggestion to consider another OS.
My question is, is it reasonable advice for people to suggest such a massive change as using a different OS? In my experience, most sysadmins would prefer to use the latest version of their preferred OS, but policy and political reasons prevent us from always doing that. Do I need to explicitly state that I cannot use another OS than the one I'm asking for help with? To me, it seems quite flippant to suggest that I just use a different OS, as if that is even close to an easy change to make in most corporate environments.
I would love more than anything to pick and choose every bit of software I get to deploy. However, and I can only assume this is true for most members of this community, I don't always get to do that at work.