Kernel bugs: out of control?
Posted May 11, 2006 11:58 UTC (Thu) by malor
In reply to: Kernel bugs: out of control?
Parent article: Kernel bugs: out of control?
Well, actually, yes they are. They won't do bugfixes after two months, so if Linux develops a security issue, I _have to_ upgrade to get it fixed. Debian only supports a few kernels, and the only one that works for me in all situations is the one in unstable. Yes, RHEL does a good job of backporting security fixes, but I don't _run_ RHEL.
With the fixed holes come new features, with new holes of their own, forcing yet more upgrades. And it requires constant admin attention, to see if something in the latest round of new features is going to be a security issue in the target environment. Admin attention is expensive; the software may be free, but this dev system is still costly. It was much easier when you could schedule a block of time every year or two to learn new features.. now it's forcibly done on an interrupt basis. That's very inconvenient, and very problematic for time management and security.
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