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Re: updating COMPAT_LINUX for linux 2.6.x support.

Jens Rehsack wrote:
On 06/04/10 20:58, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
On Fri, Jun 04, 2010 at 01:30:26PM -0700, Chuck Silvers wrote:
it does appear that debian has better platform support,
so that could be a reason to switch distributions eventually.

Debian doesn't really care about LSB and most commercial software gets
tested on Red Hat or SuSE.

This will be no longer true (if it's possible to say it that way).
Some commercial software creators have detected, that (for some
unexplainable reason) a lot of their customers don't want to be forced
to one of RHEL or SLES. So many future commercial software (I expect
first versions with this new prerequisites) will have some concrete
dependencies (like kernel 2.6.16, glibc-2.6.xx, ...) and no
distribution. This means, that it's tested on the Linux distribution
the test team likes most - or (depending on the time and money
available for the test) for the bigger 4+ distributions.

I don't know how often out Linux emulation will be adapted, but if
this is seen as a chance, I suggest it should be used.


If the Linux kernel version used in the distribution is a vital criterion, then CentOS (RHEL) 5.x seems as most usable to me (for including as pkgsrc package). The 5.x releases are using the 2.6.18 Linux kernel, which is the same version we want to target (list email id <>) and the support for security- and bug-fixes should last until March 31, 2014 (


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