Which distribution should I use ?

David ROBERT david at ombrepixel.com
Wed Apr 21 10:11:00 CDT 2004


Erik Bourget wrote:

>> We are thinking about using Debian Woody or Mandrake Linux.
> 
> There's a soft spot in my heart for Debian.  I use it on my PEs and 
> it works great.  Honestly, I can't see anyone actually recommending 
> RHEL over Debian  from a management and support perspective. 
> security.debian.org are really top-notch.

I have a question about Debian kernel for dell :
I have installed a Woody using the debian installer :
http://oregonstate.edu/~kveton/debian/

It works ok, my Raid card is working well with
the megaraid 2.10.1 integrated in the kernel
installed by kveton installer.

BUT

Now, what about kernel updates by the debian
Securiy Team ? If I'm not wrong, the official
2.4 woody kernel is 2.4.18-1 and contains old
drivers (megaraid v1.18).
And when a kernel exploit is discovered, the
security team upgrade the woody 2.4.18-1 kernel,
not the one shipped with the kveton installer :-)

So does it means that if I want to use Debian on
my PE Servers, I'll need to maintain my own .deb
kernel packages, and compile new ones each time
an exploit is discovered ?

I used to proceed this way : create and distribute
my own kernels packages on RedHat 5.2 because
isdn staff was too old. But this is really
a work overhead.

Can I have opinions ?

David ROBERT.




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