It's Friday, I've finished work and I've had all the micromanagment I can take this week so I apologies if this turns into a rant.
Ok, the company I work for some years back decided to migrate away from Micro$oft to linux. First they started with non reveniew generators SMTP gateways, the intranet etc that kind of stuff and slowly but surely as time went they started using it for more significant projects.
The obviouse choice at the time seemed redhat, so we started with redhat 6.2 and as time went progressed from about 6 linux servers to now a grand total of 48 all running redhat (A variety of RH8 & 9). It's cheap, it's stable and gives us good performance, which is not bad for a company that if given a choice of an opensource product that's free or a product that's identical but costs a few hundred they'd normally want to pay the few hundred.
Anyway one thing has always anoyed me about RedHat is the fact that they really don't seem too keen on reiserfs, at all.
Redhat 8 and 9 all run with an old version Lilo which doesn't support reiserfs, Ok it's lilo, get over it and use GRUB, but personnally I like to have the option especially when it comes to something like booting. No biggy though, boot with grub and update lilo.
However, we're now looking at opteron's running RedHat ES 3.0 and talking about using EXT3 because there is no boot option at install time unlike redhat 7,8 & 9 that allows you to run reiserfs at the off.
Now my experience of ext3 and reiserfs has been this.
We had 4 servers 2 x Dell PowerEdge 1550's 512mb ram 2x 1.0 Ghz processors running reiserfs running side by side with 2 x Dell PowerEdge 1650's 512mb ram 2x 1.13 Ghz processors running ext3.
These servers were all performing the exact same task side by side yet comparing the logs from apache the 2 servers running reiserfs performed twice as many tasks as the servers running ext3.
Now with RedHat ES we seemed to be forced down the route of ext3.
I was wondering how anyone else felt about this, has it made anyone decide to change to suse does anyone think that redhat will change there stance, or has anyone decided to go with either xfs or jfs (am I right in thinking jfs is also not supported by redhat es the same as reiser).
I'm just trying to get an idea of my options as I don't want to go down the redhat enterprise route simply because we've always used non-enterprise redhat products in the past when it may not be the best product. I'd rather have SUSE on reiserfs than redhat on ext3.
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