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Re: [opensuse] World-largest Linux Migration Project
  • From: Sloan <joe@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 15:48:45 -0700
  • Message-id: <47F40D4D.10803@xxxxxxxxxx>
Rajko M. wrote:
On Wednesday 02 April 2008 01:49:03 pm John Andersen wrote:
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I have one customer still running SuSE 9.1, And it only reboots when
the UPS is exhausted.

Yes, that was basic question. So, long uptime is possible under certain conditions where one doesn't need to update kernel.

Not every kernel update is a must for every scenario. The majority of kernel updates are not applicable to every single system. In the business world, the golden rule tends to be, "do not touch the production server".

Keep in mind that this particular server is inside a corporate lan, behind 2 levels of firewalls and unreachable from the internet, and has no local users, so we don't leap at the chance to install a new kernel every time one is available, as there is simply no need. Genuine, remotely exploitable vulnerabilities in the linux kernel tend to be few and far between.

Joe


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