I haven’t posted for a bit … too busy with work, play, and
family. I did get a chance to install Fedora Core 4 though, and
is was a good experience. I actually did an upgrade of a Fedora
Core 2 box, since that is what most of my servers are running now.
I wanted to see just how hard it might be to bring them all up to
date. I had tried to do upgrades to Fedora Core 3, but that
failed completely. There were far too many packages broken when I
tried to do this. I’ll do some more work with Fedora Core 4 and
see if this might be my next platform to move to.
One thing that I have to comment on is that Red Hat and Fedora still
have a LOT to lern from Microsoft and Windows Update. Since doing
this upgrade I have tried numerous times to get the server up to date
using the free Up2Date application. And it fails 90% of the
time. I fully understand this is free … and uses distributed
servers across the globe … but it still fails. The packages
begin to download and inevitably there will be one that simply stops
during the download … and it never recovers. I have left it for
hours, and nothing … just stuck sitting there. What a piece of
crap. Anyone that understands network programming has to account
for these types of failures and deal with them gracefully.
Up2Date still isn’t completely baked …
Anyhow … we’ll see how things go besides that. I really wanted
to get to Fedora Core 4 so that I could install and get some PHP5
applications working. I have had to run them on Windows up till
now. I’ll see if I can get things working by this weekend.