Server Linux Distros

From: Mike Harrison 
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Dave:
> Glad to see that my decision to leave RH with 7.3 is still a good one.

I'm having to do it for some contractual issues, and in one case because 
the Ubuntu world went to a kernel that does not easily support the 
hardware in place, and upgrading the hardware was not a good option right 
now.

I'm planning on trying a straight Debian Server next.



=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 I'm confused. Did the Linux kernel drop support for some type of hardware? I see smooth sailing in your immediate future :) Regards, dtb -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird - http://www.enigmail.net/ iQEcBAEBAgAGBQJSfVYGAAoJEMP+wtEOVbcdnAQIAK+4dlaIbRF2/eHoAwQsEKuM UM22VZuRgIoKWT67jGQLlbZX33+UE5jHqnyIm737iMvfyT33Niq+kiHI9HwMvLjk Jx7t9dMm8Nm55WW4/P46hgIACRJDTAoagAXmLUxJM30WWkZDYYnY5SlKMdKelo3P 3MuarOeWfX0ImIYJlBVGkhNP30BfLEcCoxeBfvAKY8KA1TNwrqszVrUtEl1j+Y59 SSLn4AnLTpA4FYbD60jpd+bi0l70W8PQjrrlapvzAa9HM9iVkXeBeTW3wwfnqxUE NWiecCw8gZLqdQCo3aXMBhRmK/+gQzEJYe3Q7Wm3+1krAIElZq2CrpddKZDT5eI= =B4k2 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Mike Harrison ┌∩┐@geeklabs.com http://www.geeklabs.com/mike.harrison.public.key.txt Sorry. must have missed this.. Yes/No. The older Intel Modular Servers have an LSI chipset that is not properly recognized by the 3.x kernels. It gets stuck at modprobe going nuts looking for the relevant driver. 2nd factor: There is 1+ in-house Redhat/Fedora nutcases with some skills... Some of you met Dominic when he was visiting. So we went Redhat for the servers. 3 licensed Redhat for the important stuff, and 1 external facing "disposable" API/Public Interface server running CentOS. Except for some pain finding some odd things we needed that aren't in the official Redhat Repo's like a php command called: phpize that took a while to find the right version elsewhere (thanks rpmfind and pbone) the Redhat stuff worked pretty well. Thanks to some Oracle crapola that requires a GUI, we had to install a GUI on the servers, which I am not happy about. But overall, Redhat works pretty well for a server. The official reccomendation from Intel was: Redhat is supported and tested on that hardware, with expected long term support, and Ubuntu is not. They suggested that I could probably work around the modprobe/driver issue, and that a future update would make it not boot again.

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Also, another thing that makes Red Hat really nice is their life cycles. Starting with RHEL5, they have a 10 year supported life cycle from Red Hat. RHEL5 doesn't go end-of-life until 2017, while RHEL6 will be supported until 2020. As a sysadmin, that makes me happy. bs.com/mike. e e h d