[WBEL-users] Wondering about RedHat - RANT

Paul subsolar@subsolar.org
Wed, 29 Sep 2004 21:50:17 -0500

On Wed, 2004-09-29 at 16:54, Daniel J. Summers wrote:
> He wasn't combative, he wasn't rude - it was a well-thought question 
> about the quality of software being released from Red Hat.

I would have to agree, since the 7.2 series RH has been releasing more
broken updates.   So far with EL 3 I've run into two that have caused
issues ... samba and the latest kernel with broken AGP for intel i81x

I would say that their quality has gone down the past year ... in the
early days (pre 6.1) there were broken packages now and again, with the
exception of 7.0 which I did not run the updates did not break
additional things.

What I found really troublesome is the idea of a developer at redhat
submitting a change to the agpgart module that sinificantly changed thw
way it deteced the chipset admitting "I don't know the agpgart code in
detail but I'll confess to being a bit surprised that the agp code would
initialize and properly drive an unknown agp chipset" see
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=131907  Well of
course the i81x chipset was not explicitly listed in the table because 
the code by default used to fall back to i440 mode which works fine.

This was a patch that was made shortly after U2 and so was put though
the QA testing for U3 and was released and now a several customers are
hollering because older workstations are not able to run X anymore.

I am glad I'm not paying for RHEL.
Of the latest RedHat releases the only one that has felt "stable" is 9.0

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