Gavin Henry skrev, on 21-02-2008 11:00:
BTW, has anyone over the history of the "well-known" broken
Red Hat RPMs
raised bug reports etc. and had any response? I'm not sure what effort
has been put into this and whether it's worth picking it up again?
I've been using Red Hat since 7.2 and OpenLDAP since RHEL3 (OL 2.0.27
with ldbm). Because I wanted much more info and support than Red Hat
could give I joined the OL ML; that would have been in early 2003. As
far as Red Hat support is concerned I've never used it for anything -
I'm not the one in the firm who decided for Red Hat, though I did and do
still second the choice after trying SuSE and Mandrake (lately Debian
Sarge and Etch too). Red Hat has good general documentation and comes
near up to the SYSV Unix I'd been using (UnixWare, Irix, Solaris) in
Already then the list deprecated ldbm and the current OL version was 2.1.
As most users first experience of OpenLDAP is via the RH and Fedora
RPMs, I think some effort (if it's not a waste of time again) should be
put into trying to raise our concerns, as it harms the project in the
Diverse OL ML contributors have been slaying Red Hat's OL offerings
since I joined, including me. I once got a rise from a Red Hat lurker
when I attacked the policy of charging US$ 15,000 per server for OL. Red
Hat's people lurk on the OL list (and doubtless on this one) but rarely
Red Hat has a vested interest in supplying useless OpenLDAP products,
since RH has acquired Netscape Directory for lots of money and supports
this too at US$ 17,000 (so I've read) per master server, much less for
slaves. Although it's made this into an open source project, it
obviously has a near monopoly as far as support goes.
The problem for both Red Hat and Fedora in keeping up with OL
development is that new OL versions are released much more frequently
than the distro release policies allow. Further, the OL development team
is such a small and tightly knit team of experts, that I personally
doubt that Red Hat has developers who would be technically competent to
work with them - let alone get along with them on a personal level.
Currently we have SuSE, Mandriva and Debian guys on the lists who
(you all know who you are ;-) ).
To my mind Mandrake has found the right level with Cooker, which Red Hat
(through its distro policy) can't possibly emulate. As for Fedora, I see
that the current FC8 (stable) OL release is 2.3.38, and db4 is 4.6.21,
so that's OK, BUT there's no way those two could be incorporated into
RHEL5 (for example) without doing what Buchan does. And by the time
RHEL6 comes along (2009? May 2009 will be 2 years after RHEL5 was
released), possibly based on FC8 or FC9, OL 2.3 will be a dead duck and
people will all be using OL 2.4.
Anyone from Red Hat or Fedora here?
As I wrote, I'd guess at 100% certainty, but you'll be lucky to get a peep.
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