Goodbye Fedora!

From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: 07 Jun 2008 15:33:13 GMT
Message-ID: <484aaa39$0$30640$>

I wrote more then one post on this group about installing Oracle on Fedora, for various versions of Fedora. Fedora has always been a bleeding edge endeavour, which helped finding tools and products to use with the future versions of Red Hat Linux and Oracle.

At the moment, I am running Oracle11 on Fedora8 and investigating things like "Systemtap" (Linux version of Solaris dtrace), iotop (an excellent monitor showing the most I/O intensive processes) or a bit more sophisticated version called "atop", all of which are available for Linux kernel versions 2.6.20+, not yet available in any of the "enterprise" distributions.

All was well, Fedora was providing the bleeding edge environment for those of us who didn't mind living dangerously and toiling to find workarounds for numerous problems. All was well, that is, until Fedora 9. Fedora 9 decided to break with sysvinit standard and decided to go with a poorly documented thing called "upstart". Upstart is used by Ubuntu, as a matter of fact, it is a part of the Ubuntu project and can be looked at here:

One tab on the web page that is absent is called "Documentation". This thing that is supposed to replace sysvinit, no less, is not even documented! Nothing, nada, zilch, no documentation whatsoever! No "enterprise" distributions have announced an intent to adopt the "upstart" software, which means that Fedora will no longer resemble the venerable Red Hat's "Enterprise Level" Linux. As an Oracle DBA, I was using Fedora to train myself and adopt new technologies when they find the way into "RHEL" version. This is, obviously, not a good platform any more. Oracle doesn't show any signs of supporting Ubuntu, either. My next chosen distribution is OpenSuSE. Does anybody have any experience or recommendations? Fedora is, simply put, no longer an option. It was nice while it lasted.

Received on Sat Jun 07 2008 - 10:33:13 CDT

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