do RHE3 fixes get ported into FC and vice-versa?

Richard Hubbell richard.hubbell at
Sat Feb 5 23:53:59 UTC 2005

On Sat, 05 Feb 2005 15:59:56 -0500, Havoc Pennington <hp at> wrote:
> On Sat, 2005-02-05 at 12:37 -0800, Richard Hubbell wrote:
> >
> > Yeah, I care where they get fixed since I try to use fc3.
> > I am surprised that my minimal fc3  install can't run firefox or mozilla
> > both have fatal problems with numbers to strings.
> >
> > prdtoa.c and js_numbertostring stuff
> >
> > Does RHE suffer similarly?
> >
> You'll have to give more details. I think the browsers run for most
> everyone else. I suggest filing a bug report, or alternatively asking
> for help on fedora-list (the user list; this is the development list)...

Have done both, got nowhere fast.  To be fixed in FC4 is what I'm told.
Don't even know what it is that will be fixed.   I even tried to build my own
firefox and got stuck on the same problem (with a different symptom, something
with shlibsign)
I could just install all the stuff that comes on the cds but I don't want to
do that.   The fact that it runs for everyone else tells me there exists some
silent dependency somewhere.

> there are thousands of bugs out there, if everyone panicked about RHEL
> vs. Fedora every time they saw one, this list would have no other
> traffic ;-)

Panic is never recommended in a situation.

> The difference between Fedora and RHEL isn't really what bugs there are
> but what promises you have about how/when/by-whom they are fixed. With
> Fedora, the fix is normally by upgrade to a new version. With RHEL, it
> would normally be by backporting a minimal patch to the old version to
> avoid introducing new risks/changes. With Fedora, help or bugfixes come
> according to whether other people are interested in fixing your problem;
> with RHEL, there are various levels of SLA available from Red Hat that
> make commitments about how support requests will be handled.
> Fedora normally has bleeding-edge versions, which means it will often
> have a lot of fixes not in old versions, but also is likely to have new
> bugs.
> See for the full story.

Will have a look.  Thanks.

> Havoc

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