Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Apr 2010 23:01 UTC
Red Hat "Linux vendor Red Hat today released the first public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, giving observers a look at what's to come in the next version of its flagship operating system platform. The new release takes advantage of a long list of new Linux kernel improvements for performance and scalability while also providing new technologies for security, management, and virtualization."
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by TheMatt on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 13:51 UTC
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As someone who used to use Fedora, switching to RHEL was a bit of a downgrade. As we moved past FC6 to F12 & 13, only more so. (Can anyone confirm that we finally get modern Firefox? One with positive integer after 3.? How about a new-ish gnuplot or LaTeX?)

I do have to say, though, that I am impressed that Red Hat managed to out-slow Debian. In the old days, I always used to joke about the long release cycle of Debian stable, but now it's positively bleeding edge compared to Red Hat.

Yes, yes. I do understand the need for an LTS stable version for enterprise use. I just wish they'd upgrade the usability bits more often. New Firefox, new Thunderbird, new utilities rather than hunting for EPEL versions with odd names (gnuplot42, say, so it doesn't conflict) or building yourself.

Edited 2010-04-22 13:53 UTC

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RE: Finally!
by Elv13 on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 14:18 in reply to "Finally!"
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Updating Firefox is not a good idea. Even if 95% RHEL user use it as a server, the other 5% would experience broken intranet if it was designed for Firefox 2.

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RE[2]: Finally!
by TheMatt on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 14:19 in reply to "RE: Finally!"
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Well, RHEL5.5 has Fx 3.0.19, so it's a Firefox 3 variant. I'd just rather have the *modern* Firefox 3 variant!

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RE[2]: Finally!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 16:48 in reply to "RE: Finally!"
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Its not a a good idea, but not for that reason. IF any insane person designed an intranet app for firefox specifically and not just for web standards, my hat is off to them for shooting themselves in the foot with a thermonuclear warhead and surviving.

For the non criminally insane, there are a lot of dependencies in linux distros. upgrading one part may cause a chain reaction of necessary updates. So including one newer version of an app, isn't that easy. What you find more typically with redhat, is that they will take features from newer versions and back port them to older versions in such a way that it doesn't require any new dependencies.

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