Arjen Lentz wrote:
> Hi David,
> David Ash wrote:
>> Regarding the release cycle talked about at the UG last night....
>> Can this be campared to the server release cycle of linux distributions?
>> Can't find the exact values of release cycle and duration of support
>> eg. Redhat has it's server class distributions "redhat enterprise
>> ES/AS" with a release cycle of years and supports for something like 4
>> years or so and it's hobbyist distribution "fedora" with a 3-9month
>> release cycle.
>> When redhat did this, many clients complained as many hobbyists wanted
>> secure public servers and didn't want to upgrade the OS every
>> 3-9months, they don't mind doing bug fix/security updates but a full
>> OS upgrade was a problem for a server class linux distrubution.
> A MySQL Network subscription would get those users access to binaries on
> a slower release cycle with only serious/security bugs fixed.
> The key objective of the community builds is "release early and often"
> to get the latest and greatest. If you run a production system on it,
> you know what you're doing and you can make decisions on when to
> upgrade, to what version, and how.
> What you describe above is essentially users (which you call hobbyists)
> that are running servers that behave like "enterprise servers" but they
> don't want to take the consequences and either put in their own admin
> effort, or subscribe to RH or MySQL services designed for that purpose.
> I wouldn't call them hobbyists, given their work environments.
> And anyway, they can't have it both ways... you either spend time to
> save money, or spend money to save time. Free as in freedom.
>> So will distributions just release mysql major updates more frequently?
> Most distros are fairly conservative in moving to a new major RDBMS
> release. I don't see such a move happening as an "update" within a
> release cycle of a distro.
> Debian for instance tends to backport security fixes into older
> branches, regardless of what the upstream vendor does.
ok... this solves my main concern
David Ash, IT Support Officer, Redlands College
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