Long-term support and backport risk
Posted Jun 20, 2007 18:20 UTC (Wed) by ballombe
Parent article: Long-term support and backport risk
>One of the main selling points touted by many Linux-oriented vendors is stability. Once a customer buys a subscription for an "enterprise" Linux or embedded systems product, the vendor will fix bugs in the software but otherwise keep it stable.
Or they use Debian which provide long-term support, adhere to a strict no-backport policy, and does not require to pay a subscription.
The issue with the 3rd option (move to a current kernel) is that new kernel sometimes require updated user-land tools (udev, etc.) to run properly. This can cause quickly a cascading of update, defeating the whole point of
a stable system.
Also stability actually means much more that the software will not change too much rather than it stays bug-free. People tend to write fragile apps, secure in the knowledge that the environment will not change. If the environment change too much, the apps will fail. This is a common pattern.
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