[UCI-Linux] Posting Fedora update notices to uci-linux?
gal at uci.edu
Wed May 3 13:16:20 PDT 2006
an example is our workgroup server (nil.ics.uci.edu). Its running SUSE9
(not my choice), which is no longer maintained by the vendor. ICS support
is on my case regarding an unpatched vulnerability in apache. I can now
either take a week off from dissertation writing and update our server to
something more recent, or I can take a day off, recompile apache from
scratch, and postpone the real fix for another few weeks (preferably past
my graduation date ;) ). Fedora has even shorter product lifetimes than
My office machine, in contrast, is running RHEL3 since I joined UCI. Its
still supported by RedHat, I get my occasinal patches automatically at
night and every once in a while the machine reboots after a kernel
update. Thats about the level of effort I have to invest to keep it
All we really care for is a stable platform that runs emacs/xterm/make/gcc
and requires no or very little user intervention. RedHat Enterprise Linux
seems to be a good choice for that, but I am sure there are other options.
On Wed, 3 May 2006, Harry Mangalam wrote:
> On Wednesday 03 May 2006 11:29, Andreas Gal wrote:
>> Talking about Linux, do we finally have a redhat site license? Fedora is
>> nice if you have the time to play around with bleeding edge distros, but I
>> need my machines to "just work" (tm). We currently use ScientificLinux
>> (RHEL4 recompile) for most of our machines.
> What problems do you have that can be traced to the distro as opposed to an
> application oops?
> In my experience, there's never been a linux (or ANY) OS distro that 'just
> works' (also depends on how you define 'works'). The Linux ones are getting
> much better - the MEPIS/Debian distro is the best for multimedia app
> integration that I've seen. Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Debian is the best for scientific
> computation (AMD64), tho I haven't tried FC on that platform - longtime
> appreciation for Debian systems. On a cluster tho, the RH-based ROCKS has
> the advantage because of support/update/additions considerations.
> I fought for years to get ANY linux distro/kernel combination to allow me to
> sleep/hibernate my Thinkpad correctly - Kubuntu Breezy was the 1st to get it
> right out of the box (tho the sound goes off post-sleep). I presume Dapper
> will continue that trend.
> Just my 2 phennigs.
Andreas Gal, PhD Candidate Tel: (949) 350-7417
Computer Science Department Fax: (213) 232-0599
University of California, Irvine Office: CS/E 105
Irvine, CA 92697-3430 Email: gal at uci.edu
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