Subject Re: [ib-support] RH release numbers (was Firebird makes /tmp/core file, and it is HUGE)
Author William L. Thomson Jr.
On Sat, 2002-08-03 at 08:21, Scott Taylor wrote:
> >From my experience, RH follows the same rule with it's distribution. 7.1
> was beta, as far as I'm concerned, I had nothing but troubles with it,
> same with Mandrake 8.1.

There was no mention of this when I went in for the RHCE. I have run
each version of RedHat since 7.0 on 3 production servers, 2 development
servers, and my laptop without any problems.

> Both were, basically, a trial of the new 2.4
> kernel set, which also went through some huge growing pains. However,
> it's not _just_ the kernel that makes a distribution. Both RedHat 7.2 and
> MDK8.2 are much more stable then their predecessors.

I have not really found any release to be more stable than another. I
also do not believe RedHat would release a Beta product to their
corporate clients. Much less spend the $ packaging the product.

> > It is news to me that a commercial organisation like RedHat would go to
> > the trouble of making a release widely available that was not considered
> > stable just because it was odd-numbered. I mean, they are boxing it up
> > and shipping it out to retailers, aren't they? Perhaps someone could
> > provide a link or a quote from an official RedHat source that indicates
> > the real facts of the matter.
> You only have to use it to know the difference, it profoundly obvious
> regardless if the distributor admits it or not.

I have not seen that to be the case at all. With the exception of a few
gui related thing like Nautalis which I am not a fan of. GMC all the
way. No version of RedHat has ever given me problems.

> > If this is just 'folk wisdom' it certainly doesn't apply across the
> > board. I've been using the SuSE 7.3 distro for nearly a year now and it
> > is rock solid in almost every respect.
> SuSE is definitely a very different world; which is not a bad thing.

No, but if you really want a release check out Gentoo, it's the new bad
boy on the block.

But, RedHat is the main enterprise Linux company with certification
programs and etc to back it up. Also for me they are a US, based distro.
Not that everything I use is US made, but if I have a choice I try to go
that way. As should anyone who wants to support the products of their

But we are way off topic now. Sorry Helen, and others. I just do not
want to discourage people from using RedHat OS for their Firebird
servers. As it has always done well by me, and no problems what so ever.

Of course some or most of that credit goes to the Firebird/InterBase
developers, but the OS is also just as important as the right DB engine
is. ;)

William L. Thomson Jr.
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