Re: Streamline Highly Availability and Load Balancing

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Subject: Re: Streamline Highly Availability and Load Balancing
From: Brian Tinsley <btinsley@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 21:16:28 -0600
I've got to throw my 2 cents in on this one and say that Matthew is correct. I've received this same information from reliable sources as well. More importantly, RH7.3 just about ruined my life. I attribute this to the lack of QA since neither the vanilla kernel nor the SuSE kernel suffered from the same problems.

Matthew S. Crocker wrote:

On Tue, 28 Jan 2003, Joe Cooper wrote:

Matthew Crocker wrote:
I use redhat kernels in my setups.  I like the extensive testing they get.
You do know that redhat doesn't test any of the distributions except the
advanced server version.
Don't be an idiot, Matthew. This is FUD, and I would hope everyone here would be smart enough to know better.

I'm sorry, I truly don't want to spread FUD. This is word for word from the Sales Rep at Redhat. He said they only do extensive regression testion on Advanced Server. Normal redhat (6.2,7.1,7.2,7.3,8.0...) are released every 6 months, support for errata on normal releases is 1 year. normal releases are not extensively tested beyond normal compile,install stuff. Adnvanced server release cycle is yearly, errate support is for 3 years (might be 5), fully regression tested. Vendors like Veritas, Oracle .. etc only officially support their products on Advanced Server. It might work under Normal but isn't officially supported.

I stand by my statement. Redhat does not extensively test their kernels for the normal distributions. This can be brought to light by the number of errata found in shipped kernel versions. I've had kernels that wouldn't even boot after an install.


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