Home > Red Hat > Red Hat Waits for new Linux Kernel to Pop Red Hat Waits for new Linux Kernel to Pop Eugenia Loli 2003-10-29 Red Hat 7 Comments An updated version of the heart of Linux is expected soon, but it could be more than a year before the operating system’s top seller includes it in its corporate product. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 7 Comments 2003-10-29 6:39 pm I don’t see why all the fuss. If you ship a kernel with probles. i.e. Mandrake LG-cdrom distroyer then you are sure to have problems. In the enterprise, even after the kernel is released it will take a few months to really make sure most of the bugs are worked out because a larger amount of people will install it and they are sure to find some more problems. 2003-10-29 6:42 pm That’s good. Look at 2.4. It took _time_ for it to be stable. The very first versions were a disaster VM wise, not untill around 2.4.18 it was really stable. Better wait. 2003-10-29 7:56 pm RedHat’s enterprise products SHOULD be conservative. Changing the kernel can cause all sorts of stability/compatibility issues. This isn’t a big deal for an end user distribution, but it huge for an enterpise product. I’m looking forward to the Fedora release with the 2.6 kernel (though it is still ~6 months away). 2003-10-29 9:50 pm Red Hat and Suse are better off for the 2.6 to become stable and have all the issues worked out. No one likes downtime. Enter Fedora: Yes Fedora is the test bed… Red Hat is waiting a year but Fedora is getting this bad boy in 6 months… Fun all around… 2003-10-29 10:19 pm You got to remember, stability to a desktop user and stability to a business that needs 24/7/365 uptime are two different things. A crash once a month is not a big deal to me, whereas that’s thousands of bucks in lost money to a business that depends on that server. I actually think 2.6.0 is going to be relatively OK. Alright, there’ll be some bugs. That’s to be expected. But I don’t think there’s going to be a repeat of the 2.4.0 VM debacle, not with the prevalence of people running the 2.6.0 test versions. -Erwos 2003-10-30 2:32 am but even my computers at home will not get the latest kernel if it is in production… 2003-10-30 2:38 am I think RH had made the right decision. And seems like everyone is agreeing to it. Better wait for 2.6 to become stable. For now, 2.4 is the right choice of enterprise production server.