Re: [ldm-users] down...and looking for ideas.

  • To: Chris Gidley <Chris.Gidley@xxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [ldm-users] down...and looking for ideas.
  • From: Dan Vietor <devo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 15:26:23 -0400
On Mon, 2007-10-08 at 13:55 -0500, Chris Gidley wrote:

> Hey Gilbert,
> Can you give any more info on how you installed Fedora? For example, are 
> you running the install off media (CD) or alternate means? What 
> installation type are you using? I'm assuming since it's a new machine, 
> you directly installed Fedora 7, as opposed to upgrading from any 
> previous versions, correct? etc.
> I believe the problem is with how you installed Fedora 7, which is a 
> common problem, as opposed to hardware related issues.

My interest in Fedora is currently on thin ice.  Whereas the old free
Red Hat and earlier versions of Fedora were a bit less bleeding edge, I
think Fedora Core 6 and 7 are too bleeding edge for my sanity.  I
remember with Core 4 and earlier, weekly upgrades meant one or two
packages.  Now, I upgrade 20-30.  If you leave a system for a month and
upgrade, you're upgrading 150-200 packages.  The size of the
installation, the bloatware, the number of updates means conflicts and
issue are bound to occur.  To add insult to injury, the upgrade from
Core 6 to 7 was an absolute disaster with package conflicts all over the
place.  I run Fedora 7 for development and once I got the upgrade to
take, its been stable and I like the new functionality.  But what I've
seen in the last 2 upgrades makes me worry about the overall stability
of having something this close to leading edge.

I've read several articles from Linux gurus and it seems this sentiment
is becoming more common.  Fedora is not what you want to use for an
operational system.  Its fine for a development platform but not for
operations.  I had an interesting talk with a Linux support person this
weekend and he mentioned that they were a big Fedora shop until Core 6
and the issues they had there prompted them to go to CentOS 5.  I'm
looking at going that route here as well for my operational systems.
Currently, they're at Fedora Core 6 but I'm not going to upgrade them to
7 if I can get CentOS to work.


Daniel Vietor
Unisys Corp
2476 Swedesford Rd B101-L
Malvern PA 19355
Mail: devo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Title: Engineer/Meteorologist
Phone: 610-648-3623
Fax: 610-695-5524
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