[svlug] Which linux distro for production ?

Emmanuel Mayssat emmanuel_mayssat at lynceantech.com
Thu Dec 16 12:22:01 PST 2004

> Why would they be thinking about Red Hat 9 when it's
> already EOL?  If they're thinking about a new release
> of Red Hat it's probably going to be the "Enterprise"
> product with a slow release cycle designed to be
> compatible with proprietary software vendors.

Most likely, they invest in linux support when Linux was the talk ( RH 
and VA Linux IPO ). Today, they can still say that they support linux... 
just not the latest version. Obviously linux support is driven by 
customer demand, hence it may not make sense for them to invest more in 
Linux until the demand really materialized at there level.

> Wait a minute -- you've still got all those nasty
> tainted modules that are holding you back on the old
> Red Hat kernel.  If you have a proprietary module,
> you're stuck on one of the specific distribution
> kernels that the module works with.

I use tons of different PCI cards ( DAC, ADC, GPIB, framegrabber, you 
name it ). You have proprietary/tainted kernel modules that works only 
on RH. You have open source modules that work only on the official 
kernel (ex comedi). In short, it's a mess...
You end up building your own kernel source with code extracted from RH's 
and kernel.org's. The modular structure of the kernel is also reflected 
in its source code. So you can litterally copy modules from one kernel 
source to the other.

Emmanuel Mayssat
Lyncean Technologies, Inc.
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