Long-term support and backport risk
Posted Jun 21, 2007 2:19 UTC (Thu) by loening
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Exactly what I wss thinking.
The majority of people using server hardware never update the hardware during the life of the equipment. That goes for most workstation hardware as well. This means the vast majority of people utilizing RHEL4 when it first came out do not need any of the backported features, they just need bug and security fixes.
The people who will need new features are the people with new equipment who are installing RHEL4 for the first time. By definition this equipment is not production yet, and as such it's not nearly as big a problem if a bug is encountered as if a bug was hit in the supposedly old stable kernel. For them they could use a more recent kernel that RHEL4 has only included recently.
Granted, this may mean supporting more kernel versions, but I gotta imagine it'd be a lot easier putting in bug fixes on 2-3 kernels at various levels of maturity than in trying to backport features to a single kernel while still trying to maintain a high level of stability.
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