[CALUG] repartitioning on the fly

James Ewing Cottrell 3rd JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Fri Nov 18 05:09:13 CST 2005

In case you haven't noticed, Solaris 2.4 is largely equivalent to 
Solaris 2.9. Not so for Linux, which evolves at a much more rapid rate, 
as does the hardware that it runs on.

Besides, Solaris costs money to upgrade, Linux doesn't.

In any case, old software is severely lacking in bug and security fixes. 
Bad move for anything on the Internet.

In any case, those incidents, while seemingly important to you, are 
anecdotal at best. And home and small offices are hardly in the class of 
the SEC.

What does SEC stand for? Security and Exchange Commission. MONEY. 
Financial people are very conservative. What are the chances that the 
SEC has an old unsupported RH4.1 machine? I am suprised that such a 
conservative organization is even running Linux, but oif they are, you 
bet that they are running a Vendor Supported and yes, dare I say it, 
Enterprise Class system. The SEC is not NIST, NIH, GSFC or NRL. Money is 
serious business, not an environment  for tinkering.

Now suppose you were running RHEL 4U1. How would you answer people who 
asked "what distro are you running?" You would probably say "RHEL 
(pronounced 'REL') Four One". Or maybe you would add a Dot in there 
instead of saying the word "update".But the sound "rel" sounds confusing 
(I parsed it as short for "release" at the Red Hat presentation at UMD 
last fall), and most people would say Red Hat. But most people are lazy, 
and wouldn't bother to (in fact, would be loathe to) say "Enterprise 
Linux" or "Advanced Server". We call the Orioles the O's, the Redskins 
the Skins, and the Nationals the Nats.

And like I said, you might do a double-take, but upon further reflection 
*should realize* that *these days*, the number 4.1 means RHEL. You are 
going to hear this usage more and more.

Get Used To It!


Dave Dodge wrote:

>On Wed, Nov 16, 2005 at 09:53:17PM -0500, Jason Dixon wrote:
>>Listen to what you're saying--  it's impossible that a large  
>>government organization might have a forgotten server sitting in a  
>>dark room somewhere.
>Not necessarily even forgotten.  I am aware of several machines
>sitting in a large server room running Solaris 2.4 (predating Red Hat
>4.1 by several years) this very moment.  About a year ago I was
>sitting in a waiting room and noticed an IBM AT (circa 1986) on a
>small desk, attached to a monochrome monitor and powered up.  At home
>my primary Internet connection still goes through a Red Hat 5.2
>There's a lot of old, custom software out there running on old but
>reliable hardware; I know of one small Solaris workstation that's got
>a 6-year uptime and counting.  If it doesn't break, it doesn't get
>                                                  -Dave Dodge
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