Home > Databases > Database Users Keen on Linux 2.6 Kernel Database Users Keen on Linux 2.6 Kernel Eugenia Loli 2003-05-16 Databases 9 Comments Database users who rely on Linux operating systems are drooling over the list of features promised by the soon-to-be-released 2.6 kernel. Read the report at eWeek. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 9 Comments 2003-05-16 7:00 pm This article seem to be little bit… hum what would the word… Oh ya! a “survol” (in french) or if your prefer they don’t give many details 2003-05-16 7:54 pm Linux journel gives a super indepth look at the new features and even gives a compairison between the 2.4 version of the feature and the 2.6 version. 2003-05-16 9:04 pm Does Linux 2.6 support drive letters? In a database server configuration with many disks, it is better to have logical lettering scheme than a /dev directory with thousands of cryptic named files. I know some customers who are using Windows and want to evaluate Linux, but poor volume management and TCO issues are holding them back. 2003-05-16 9:11 pm you are right, in this months linux journal Robert Love goes over some of the biggest improvements in 2.5/2.6… it had a good summery of everything added like the new schedular… i can’t wait for 2.6 to be released…. 2003-05-16 9:14 pm You dont utilize the fs through the /dev directory silly.. you mount it to a logical mount point in your tree. Poor volume management…. Puhlease. The new 2.6 volume management features will put everything else to shame. Even now it is better than what you get with windows. 2003-05-16 9:31 pm Sounds like another Troll to me. Can’t someone mod this idiot down? 2003-05-16 9:59 pm Ha ha, that’s a good one. Window is hardly the place to look for good disk management. While most OSs will actually read the super-block of a filesystem before attempting to mount it, XP will happily go with whatever is written in the partition table’s ‘type’ field (which is effectively deprecated) and do stupid stuff like try to mount ReiserFS partitions. But I digress. Linux volume management is (was?) still behind the likes of Solaris and AIX, but 2.6 will be a significant step forward. The default system in 2.6 will be LVM2. Also available will be EVMS, which is a more powerful, but more complex volume manager. EVMS was passed up for inclusion in 2.6, so the EVMS team has decided to try to retarget many of EVMS’s high-level features on top of the LVM2 kernel driver. An in-kernel EVMS driver is still available, and is included by distributions such as Gentoo. Both volume management systems should benifet from the high quality administration tools (including GUI tools) originally developed for EVMS, but (because of the retargeting) ported to LVM2 as well. 2003-05-16 11:39 pm Yep. Why I remember my first setup. / was on sdc, at least it was when I had three hds connected to it. When I decided to remove the external (sdb) I had a problem. From what I have seen volume management is one of those areas where Linux still lags behind comercial Unix vendors. I question Linus’ sanity for deciding to use DOS style drive letters. 2003-05-17 3:36 am “As reported by eWEEK last week, the Linux production 2.6 kernel, expected to be released later this month …” It appears that the author is clueless about the release times. Last week eWeek reported that Linux kernel 2.6 will be released in June; this time, the release date is claimed to be in May. In actuality, the current development kernel has a large number of issues and problems and is not yet a test version, 2.6.pre*. It is unlikely that kernel 2.6 will be released until this fall.