Home > Red Hat > Red Hat Waits for new Linux Kernel to PopRed Hat Waits for new Linux Kernel to Pop Eugenia Loli 2003-10-29 Red Hat 7 CommentsAn 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 LoliEx-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.