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On Wed, 24 Oct 2001, Gerry Creager N5JXS wrote:

> RedHat is just about as conservative as they come:  They want a mass
> market.  One reason for so many RH releases is market analysts.  Most of
> this stuff, really, could be incremental updates from their FTP site.
> I personally like SlackWare, and with your SunOS/Solaris background, I
> suspect you'd find it fairly comfortable.  
> The main gotcha tends to be, "Oh, my!  Someone just released a new
> {widget} and I've gotta go get it."  Once that syndrome wears off,
> staying stable is pretty simple.
> The biggest hit on binary compatibility in the past was an update to new
> glibc libraries which broke a lot of stuff a couple of years ago.  Tha
> switch, however, was really a good thing regardless of how much you
> needed to recompile (and that, really was little, for quite a while, as
> the compatibility libs are still around in places).  Major kernel
> releases, generally, are biggies, but I usually wait 'til the 3rd of 4th
> minor rev to snag them unless (as happened to me this time) the rev0
> release has things I'm especially anxious to get.
> Debian has been heralded as the most stable.  I've got one Sparc debian
> install up and it's rebooted, usually, when the power comes back on. 
> It's currently been up 43 days... or, more specifically, ever since I
> relocated it to a remote site!
> And for the sake of completeness, I've some good friends, including our
> campus security goddess, who are convinced FreeBSD is really much more
> secure than Linux.  And she co-authored a book on linux security.
> Hope this helps!
> gerry
> --
> Robert Mullenax wrote:
> > 
> > Gerry,
> > 
> > That makes perfect sense.  We only install security patches on Solaris
> > and very few others (like Xsun patches on workstations).  It just
> > seems to me that even new production versions of RedHat seem to break
> > things,
> > as if they are always sneaking something in without a whole lot
> > of regard for binary compatibility.  I know SunOS/Solaris in it's
> > early years had some bugs, but for the last several years I can't
> > imagine a Solaris upgrade that would start breaking Unidata-type things.
> > 
> > That being said, I have also come to realize that no matter what I may
> > think, the world is rushing headlong towards Linux.  Is there a distribution
> > out there that is more conservative in it's approach to binary
> > compatibility?
> > 
> > Although it may be a little too exotic, I am also going to look at FreeBSD
> > upon the recommendation of Tom Yoksas.  We are certainly not going
> > to get away from Solaris, but it is clear I need to broaden my horizons
> > so to speak.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Robert Mullenax
> --
> Gerry Creager
> AATLT/Network Engineering
> Texas A&M University
> 979.458.4020 (Phone)          979.847.8578 (FAX)

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