Fedora as production server OS

Kelson Vibber kelson at speed.net
Mon Nov 17 18:57:33 UTC 2003

Gokul Poduval wrote:
>Eventually, I am thinking of migrating to debian. Debian seems to have
>a nice record with security updates. I am sure it will require some
>retraining, but that probably worth the peace of mind.

One thing to consider with Debian is that their security team only focuses 
on the stable release.  If you're bringing anything in from debian-testing 
(newer Sendmail or Apache, newer hardware drivers, etc.) you may have to 
wait longer for security fixes.  Of course, if you're just installing a few 
key services from outside of debian-stable, chances are you're more likely 
to be installing from source instead of apt, so you'll have the ability to 
patch it yourself anyway.

Also, in my experience, except with the really major flaws (like the 
OpenSSH exploit back in September), Debian has a tendency to be slow.  I 
follow the announcement lists for Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, Debian, and now 
Fedora, and Red Hat often has a fix out a week ahead of any of the 
others.  Of course, since RH themselves aren't focusing on Fedora updates, 
it remains to be seen where Fedora will end up on the speed-of-fixes spectrum.

Kelson Vibber
SpeedGate Communications <www.speed.net> 

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