Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Feb 2008 12:08 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Fedora Core "Paul Frields is new to Red Hat, but he's not new to the Fedora Linux community. Frields became the Fedora project leader and a Red Hat employee at the beginning of February. Previously Frields was a US government employee and a contributor to the Fedora community for more than four years. Frields takes over at a pivotal time for Fedora as it gears up for its next major release, Fedora 9. A feature freeze is currently set for March 4, and Frields is already ready to chat about where Fedora is heading."
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RE[2]: Fedora
by sbergman27 on Sun 2nd Mar 2008 01:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Fedora"
sbergman27
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2005-07-24

I'd think twice before setting up a production server using Fedora. Fedora is bleeding edge and has a fairly short (13 month) support cycle.
I'd use RHEL (or CentOS if I don't have a budget) instead.


Fedora actually does a pretty reasonable job of maintaining stability, considering the *absolutely huge* patch volume they push through the updates channel. (About 1000 update packages per month!) I run production servers on both Fedora and CentOS, depending upon which makes more sense for the situation. Sometimes, one actually ends up sufferring with a bug for much *longer* with RHEL/CentOS than with Fedora. On a RHEL 4.x system, fuser -n is broken, and has been for years:

[root@farpoint ~]# fuser -n tcp 22
here: 22
22/tcp: 3606

[root@farpoint ~]# fuser -n tcp 222
here: 222

I reported it a long time ago. The decided not to fix it. I don't mean that they just ignored my report. They actually decided deliberately *not* to fix it. I guess they felt that fixing it would be too destabilizing.

Presumably, it's fixed in 5.0/5.1. But I'm not sure.

It has worked for a long time in Fedora.

On the other hand, I have had more Fedora bugs which get reported and then ignored than with RHEL.

All in all, I'm moving more toward Fedora for production. It's a mixed bag, either way. And at least with Fedora software, and the bugs, are shiny and new. ;-)

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