Fedora Server

Mike Peterson Charles mpeterson at mail.charlesfurniture.com
Fri Nov 14 13:03:46 UTC 2003

What COBOL company is the COBOL from?

I am in the works of implementing COBOL on a RHEL ES 3 system.
I also tested COBOL on Fedora Test 3 and it worked great.
My main issue is printing support for networked serial printers is lacking
in CUPS for Linux and I can only get it working with commercial CUPS at
That was with Red Hat 7.x in testing.
I have not completed setup from ES 2.1 to ES 3 yet so I am not sure if it's
CUPS support will be better.

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Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 3:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Fedora Server

In reply to:
Message: 28
Subject: Re: Fedora on the server
From: Brian Collins <listbc at newnanutilities.org>
To: fedora-list at redhat.com
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 21:02:12 -0500
Reply-To: fedora-list at redhat.com

> My company is buying a new Dell server (2x2.4GHz P4 Xeon, 2Gb RAM, 
> 73Gb RAID 1 SCSI) for our production customer facing web site and I 
> have been trying to decide on which Linux distribution to use. It 
> needs to run Apache, tomcat, sendmail, mysql, php and bind and have 
> minimum downtime. We normally have about 25Gb of HTTP traffic a month, 
> but is likely to double over the next 12 months. I am not fussed about 
> having paid for support (that's my job!)
> I was going to choose RH9 (after deciding against Debian), but I just 
> found out about Fedora. Is Core 1 suitable for this type of 
> environment? Or would you recommend I go with RH9 or Debian.

I'd recommend going with RH9 (or RH8) for now.  You may want to think about
Enterprise if this is mission-critical, but it's not really necessary.  My
only Enterprise boxen are the pair in my Samba fileserver cluster.
Everything else I run Red Hat on (30+ machines) is 7.1 thru 9.  And those
are machines that run DHCP, BIND, Postfix, Apache (both with and without FP
extensions), Coldfusion, Qmail, Samba, VS-FTP, PHP, MySQL, PosgreSQL, and
some proprietary stuff.  We've even got COBOL running on RH (for a little
longer - we're replacing that app).

Bottom line - I personally wouldn't put Fedora into production yet.

--B C

dear list subscirbers,

This is an interesting situation. It is my personal feeling that Fedora will
without a doubt, and before you know it, spring a whole range of server
configurations. Many of these will be devoted to providing a stable, secure
and productive server platform. Why? Because this is what most of us have
done with linux over the last few years. This what we know, this is what we
know well. Now comes the problem, RedHat probably never intended Fedora to
be a competing platform for their commercial product Enterprise. Whilst I
doubt that any community Fedora platform will challenge the level of service
or even technical aspects of enterprise, Fedora will eventually give birth
to competing platforms, this is inevitable and not wholly undesirable. The
question to ask yourself is whether at this juncture in time you wish to
migrate a server to Fedora Core 1 or leave it as a R.H. 9.0 or go for
Enterprise. It's not about money, it's about the path forward and the open
ended nature of the choice. Fedora is "in the wild", Enterprise is
neat-clean-tightly managed and well, RedHat 8,9.0 are going the way of the
dodo bird.. If you got a multi-million dollar operation, buy Enterprise,
simple. Just don't be surprised if in a few months there's a fedora that
works just as well. Actually, you shouldn't be surprised, this is how the
community will develop.

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