Which OS should we use?

Erik Norgaard norgaard at locolomo.org
Tue Jan 11 13:37:12 PST 2005

Paul Schmehl wrote:
> We're getting ready to create some new servers from scratch 
> (format/install).  We've been using 4.9 and 4.10 for a while now with no 
> problems.  We've got one 5.3 box setup for test purposes.
> On this list I have seen comments about instability issues in 5.3.  
> These servers need to be stable.  Should we install 4.10/11?  Or move up 
> to 5.3?

While there are ongoing discussions on how long 4.x will be supported 
and when/if 5.x is mature for production, there is no doubt that at some 
point, 4.x will no longer be supported and 5.x will be _the_ production 

For this reason, you should consider the extra work involved in later 
upgrading to 5.x, the recommended way is a complete reinstall which will 
lead to downtime.

Apart from stability, you should also consider if 5.x provides specific 
features you need or want which are not supported under 4.x, or support 
for specific hardware.

Considering this, I'd recommend 5.x. I have not found it more unstable 
or worse performing than 4.x, but ofcourse, could be that I'm just not 
stressing the system enough.

Cheers, Erik

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