Home > Red Hat > Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.9.95 Beta Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.9.95 Beta Submitted by Philipp Esselbach 2003-07-28 Red Hat 13 Comments Red Hat has released a public beta of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.9.95 (Advanced Server and Workstation versions) for i386, ia64 and AMD64. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 13 Comments 2003-07-28 7:22 pm Since when was Linux 64 bit? I thought one of the distinglishing features of the SysV codebase was that it was 64-bit clean, as opposed to BSD. Or is this what SCO alledges IBM stole? 2003-07-28 7:28 pm for production use? since 1996-ish with the Alpha port. 2003-07-28 8:08 pm Are you sure? I don’t even think SCO Unix was 64 bit then. 2003-07-28 8:13 pm If an application does not work properly with NPTL, it can be run using the old LinuxThreads implementation by setting the following environment variable: LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=<kernel-version> The following versions are available: – 2.4.19 — Linuxthreads with floating stacks – 2.2.5 — Linuxthreads without floating stacks Anyone knows if this is true for Oracle 9i and if I can use this on RH 9? If so, i’ll upgrade my installation (from 8.0). Thanks in advance. 2003-07-28 8:16 pm Are you sure? I don’t even think SCO Unix was 64 bit then. I thought that SCO Unix was x86 only. If that’s correct it’s 32 bit. 2003-07-28 8:24 pm Are you sure? I don’t even think SCO Unix was 64 bit then. Yes. To see for yourself, google for “RedHat 2.1 for AXP”. This was released ~ Feb ’96 and 3.0.3 followed few months later 2003-07-28 9:13 pm ok, as I understand it, Red Hat is shortly going to drop the retail desktop distro in favor of AS/ES/WS.(I wish I could rememeber the link to the interview it was discussed in) so what exactly is the difference between WS and the new 9.x beta? I know WS doesnt include some of the server software pachages such as DHCP, DNS, WuFTP, etc….. are there any significant kernel changes? 2003-07-28 9:43 pm >> Are you sure? I don’t even think SCO Unix was 64 bit then. Who cares about SCO Unix? NetBSD, Linux, Sun, IBM and DEC all had real 64-bit OS’s for years. SCO is a joke, and they are a 32-bit shop. Actually they are also a 2-bit shop. You speak as though SYSV or SCO are the authority on 64-bit unix. Give me a break. 2003-07-29 1:18 am why whould I want to download this vs regular old red hat 9? 2003-07-29 3:20 am why whould I want to download this vs regular old red hat 9? RH Enterprise is aimed at corporate use, where it is desirable to limit the rate that changes are made. In a production environment, each update should be installed and tested on test lab systems before being installed on the production systems. Security updates should happen as soon as they can be tested, minor updates should happen twice a year, and major updates every third year. That keeps the testing to a reasonable level. Commercial applications usually follow similar schedules. Oracle needs to test each version of their software on each supported version of each sopported OS, and that takes time. RH 9 is aimed at the home or small business user, who is managing a managing a small number of systems. The amount of testing is much less, as is the impact of a problem. Backing out an update that breaks something is easier on 5 systems than on 5000 systems, not to mention 50,000. If you have a handful of systems and want the latest and greatest software, go with RH9. If you have hundreds or thousands of systems, go with Enterprise. And download and start testing this beta, so that RH can fix anything that would break your production systems. 2003-07-29 4:11 am It would be a shame to have to wait another 18 months (the release cycle for this products) for a 2.6 kernel in said products. Though you can always roll your own, how many installations would do that? 2003-07-29 5:47 am I would assume they arnt planning to release an Enterprise release when a new kernel comes out… Kinda needs to stabalise first… 2003-07-29 8:23 am Stabalization, agreed – perhaps it can ship with both, a fully stable 2.4 and a “new technology” 2.6 for those who want/need it. Perhaps in the midst of the 18 month cycle newer and much more stable 2.6 kernels will be released and perhaps, just perhaps, in the middle of the cycle 2.6 goes from “new technology” to “prefered/stable.” Who knows, but it would be a shame to have to wait the full 18 months until enterprises can use official Red Hat supported 2.6 kernels.