Red Hat / Fedora with a standard kernel
Posted May 5, 2004 9:33 UTC (Wed) by james
In reply to: Prettified Version blogged by Doug Stewart
Parent article: Revealed: how Fedora and the community interact
I have only once found a problem using a standard version of the Linux kernel on Red Hat or Fedora that was attributable to the distribution relying on the patches in the Red Hat kernel. I have been regularly compiling my own kernels from pristine source since Red Hat 5.0.
(Maybe I should rephrase that. No, my computer is not that slow!)
That problem was Red Hat using ext3 before it got into Linus' tree. You had to drop back to ext2.
IIRC, the distributions that adopted ReiserFS early spent considerably longer with patches that had to be applied if you wanted to read your disks. I would make a comment about the readiness of the filesystems when they were first used in a distribution, but that way lie flamewars to melt the frozen wastes where real penguins rule supreme.
(I suppose that's not absolutely fair: ReiserFS was waiting for 2.4.1 before it got into Linus' tree, and 2.2 had gone into stable mode. If everyone had realised how long it would take 2.4 to really stabilise, it might have got in somewhere earlier).
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