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Old 01-15-2010, 06:50 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am in the process of upgrading my company's RH9 cluster/software (the software is all designed inhouse). I've managed to get a FC6 cluster working, and our software upgraded for it.

However, I realize that FC6 is quite dated. I'd like to upgrade to a more recent version of Fedora, but not sure how far I should go (10, 11, 12)? Anyone go through a similar issue, and have advice to give?

One other issue I have along side of this is that the machines I install on cannot be connected to an outside network. So, I'd need something called an "everything" distribution set -- but so far I've only found 1 vendor, and all they have is Fedora 10 (everything). Again, just looking for suggestions.

TIA,
Thom
 
Old 01-15-2010, 06:57 AM   #2
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why would you want fedora at all?? it's a distribution for redhat to use to break stuff. Use RHEL or CentOS or something like that instead. As for software, for any of these distro's it's very simpple to cache all the rpm packages offline, even using tools like mrepo to create periodic clones of the online repositories.
 
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why would you want fedora at all?? it's a distribution for redhat to use to break stuff. Use RHEL or CentOS or something like that instead. As for software, for any of these distro's it's very simpple to cache all the rpm packages offline, even using tools like mrepo to create periodic clones of the online repositories.
Well, I am limited by my company's directive to Fedora -- unless a strong case could be made for another Linux OS. Also, I am unfamiliar with any other Linux flavor.

I'm still a noob when it comes to packages and repositories; which is another reason why I am looking for an "everything" set (aside from the fact that the machines I install on, cannot be connected to the internet). I've never heard of mrepo, but I will look that up, thanks.
 
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If you're familiar with Fedora then you are familiar with RHEL / CentOS, they are the same to use. Fedora though it NOT A STABLE DISTRIBUTION. That is your strong case. Any company using Fedora for a production server clearly hasn't got a clue what they're doing.

tools like mrepo probably aren't really what you're after, you download the installation media, and probably everything you want is on those discs somewhere.
 
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:45 PM   #5
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Point out to your employer that Fedora is issued every six months and the software is sometimes in beta-test stage. It is not suitable for an enterprise system.

CentOS is simply a free version of Red Hat, without the support, so you get the same policy: release every two years and bug-fixes for five. Red Hat and CentOS will be releasing version 6 this spring, so that would be a good time to change. I'd go for CentOS: if ever you (or the powers that be) decide that support is needed, a switch to Red Hat would be child's play.
 
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:18 AM   #6
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CentOS 5.4 / Redhat EL 5.4 are based on Fedora 6.

CentOS is a free copy of the proprietary Redhat EL.
 
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