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Re: [opensuse] Fedora Vs. Opensuse
  • From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 18:39:25 -0500
  • Message-id: <49838FAD.1000303@xxxxxx>
On 2009/01/30 15:54 (GMT-0500) Greg Freemyer composed:

I also think Redhat is far more aggressive about moving to new kernel
features / functionalities than opensuse.

For instance, the move from the old IDE drivers to the new was done in
Fedora prior to being done in any other distro that I'm aware of.

This meant that many multiboot IDE users were screwed. Not only couldn't
libata drivers provide access to partitions above #15, the Anaconda installer
would, and last I checked several months ago still does, crash on finding
partitions above #5, whether you wanted Fedora to access them or not. IOW,
Fedora 6 and prior users who could not upgrade via Yum were entirely cut off
if they could not or would not reduce partition count to 15 or less. Fedora's
attitude was *nobody* could possibly justify that many partitions and anyone
thinking they could should use LVM instead.

At the time the new IDE drivers (added to libata) were not only
leading edge, they were bleeding edge.

It was great for linux as a whole to get such a big test community for
those drivers, but it caused a huge amount of pain.

Bleeding edge is not just about kernel. It's also about getting other
software versions out quickly. A corollary to bleeding edge is the haste to
loose backward compatibility and support for older hardware. If you're one
who likes to keep working hardware useful as long as possible, Fedora
shouldn't be your first choice.
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he
is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

Felix Miata ***
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