[UCI-Linux] Posting Fedora update notices to uci-linux?

Andreas Gal gal at uci.edu
Wed May 3 13:16:20 PDT 2006

Hi Harry,

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(not my choice), which is no longer maintained by the vendor.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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