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Re: FC4 good new tech, bad legacy support





Les Mikesell wrote:
On Wed, 2005-06-29 at 15:59, Richard Kelsch wrote:
  
Les, thank you very much for the suggestion.  However, I actually
think it would be a step backwards for me.  Much of what I'm doing is
also "bleeding-edge" and I'd doubt some of the software that I need is
even contained in the enterprise trees, at least the versions I need.
    

I'd expect about anything to work in Centos4 that works in FC3. There
is a 'centosplus' repository containing some things missing from RHEL4
including a kernel with support for firewire, the filesystems dropped
from RHEL, etc, and there are various 3rd party repositories that
work with either RHEL or Centos.  In most cases you could either use
an FC3 rpm or rebuild it from the src rpm if you can't find a native
version.

  
Unfortunately my "push" is probably similar in nature to the push the
FC team has.  It's the same "push" most everyone else in the Fedora
community has.  Seriously, by the time I'm ready to shove my PC into
my car, I want it to be at as up-to-date as possible.  To some that
may be a bit "fanboy" but much of what I'm doing is new.  I have the
freedom to not be locked into a production environment and can
experiment and tinker.  In this case the experiment failed
spectacularly.
    

The latest FC version is the right place to work on the project you
want for next year - but then it doesn't make sense to complain about
the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time parts...  And, once it works you'll
probably want to load it on something where you can expect updates
for a fairly long time.

  
The problem with the "not-quite-ready-for-prime-time-parts" is that they affect the entire OS as a whole.  The C compiler, as you know, affects all of the software installed in the distribution.  I want to emphasize, that as a new Linux release, FC4 is a great OS.  My only beef is it's lack of legacy support.  That's it.  I overcame the other small problems and don't find them an obstacle.  In fact, with all of the complaints I am reading about in the list, I can't help but wonder if the new compiler might be at the root of the problem.  Maybe the code it creates isn't so rock-stable after all.  Just an unqualified theory, or course.

Rich


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