Re: ever migrate from Fedora to Scientific Linux or CentOS?

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On 10/31/07, Paul Johnson <[email protected]> wrote:
> We have lots of Fedora systems and it is turning out to be too much
> work to keep them up to date.  I have to rebuild a lot or RPMs when
> the kernel is updates, and that is getting to be a hassle.  If I could
> do a major system update every 18 months or 2 years, it would be fine.
>  The unexpected bug introduced by frequent updates (much less
> re-installs)  have lost some of their charm for us.

for external kernel modules id recommend taking a look into dkms.
saves you alot hassle.

regards,
Rudolf Kastl

>
> So I'm going to spend some vacation time at the end of the month to
> see about these longer lived Linuxes.  Got any advice?  I expect some
> of you Fedora users have been on the other distributions.
>
> I only want to consider RPM based ones, because I'm very familiar with
> RPM and don't like DEB as much (just not as familiar, I guess).  I
> don't necessarily want one that is "good for newbies."  I don't want
> one that closes off too many options (recently switched from Gnome to
> KDE because latest KDE offers much more customizability of window
> manager and desktop than Gnome).
>
> Scientific Linux is appealing because it has a cool sounding name (for
> academics) and it provides OpenAFS drivers and has a long life.  But I
> worry that it will be harder to get RPMS for it to play MP3s or such.
> gxine has been pretty good lately for my students who listen to
> Brazilian radio stations.  Nothing else can, it appears.    So If I
> switch to SL, maybe I just buy one kind of trouble.
>
> I started to wonder if anybody had tried to update a running F6 or F5
> system onto one of the other RPM based distros.  It appears to me that
> CentOS or SL are RPM based, and I was thinking it might be fun to just
> try to run an upgrade by installing their packages.  Maybe remove
> fedora-release RPM and see what happens.
>
> In the past I've resisted adopting these longer lived distros because,
> well, they get outdated and frustrating because they don't
> interoperate with the rapidly changing part of the Linux world.  Last
> time we bought RedHat Enterprise 4 I noticed that thunderbird and gcc
> were lagging behind the official releases by a long ways.  When we
> went to update some research software, we found we had to re-build
> newer gcc and update tcl/tk in order to put in the software we wanted.
>  One time, the upgrade of gcc required me to rebuild the whole
> toolchain starting with glibc, bison and whatever else depended on
> them, so having a "long lived" distribution amounted to a lot more
> work.
>
> So maybe I don't want Scientific Linux or CentOS.  Wish the
> RedHat/Fedora Legacy group had not disbanded. For security updates on
> a one year old distro, it was very handy.
>
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> University of Kansas
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