On Thu, Jul 03, 2008 at 10:03:32PM -0400, LDB wrote:
I am in situation where I have servers that do not use
the SLES 9 stock
and vetted kernel, they use a later 2.6 kernel from kernel.org
server exhibits behavior of instability when booting because the kernel
crashes mysteriously and there are ext3 boot-up errors as well. Keep in
mind this is a production environment that someone put into jeopardy
by compiling a pristine kernel without knowing all the facts of what
was needed by the OS and it applications.
That doesn't sound very bright :)
I just would like to know who else practices this in a
environment. And why??
Lots of other companies do, but they have the smarts to do it correctly.
One well publicised example would be E-Trade, and I know of many, many
more that also do this, reving the kernel themselves to support new
hardware, leaving the userspace libraries alone.
But note that when you do this you loose support from your distro
vendor. These companies have no problems with that, as either they
support it themselves (and do so very well, it isn't that hard), or they
pay others for support (IBM Global services will support anything for a
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