The embedded Linux nightmare - an epilogue
Posted May 2, 2007 3:48 UTC (Wed) by raven667
In reply to: The embedded Linux nightmare - an epilogue
Parent article: The embedded Linux nightmare - an epilogue
Old Debian Stable shipped 2.6.8 and Redhat EL 4 used 2.6.9. Those systems are
the longest supported distributions out of all mainline Linux versions and now they are basicly
obsolete, except as legacy installations. Nobody would want to install either of those systems for
new servers or workstations.
I disagree with this statement. I still install RHEL4 in my business and plan to do so for some
time, heck I still install the occasional RHEL3 host. I'm not going to rebuild systems that currently
work just to get the latest and greatest without some clear justification. It costs time to maintain
another OS variant, re-checking our services and potentially porting them to the new release. Of
course they are all similar (RHEL3-RHEL5) but each version has differences (or else it wouldn't be a
new version) that I need to understand and account for. The long term support for RHEL, SLES and
Ubuntu LTS exists for a reason, users which don't want a high rate of churn for their base OS.
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