[Server-devel] CentOS hardware support doubts

Carlos Daniel Garay Ayala cgaray at paraguayeduca.org
Wed Feb 1 09:45:35 EST 2012


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2012/2/1 Abhishek Singh <abhishek.singh at olenepal.org>:
> On 02/01/2012 01:15 AM, Daniel Drake wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Like others, I'm interested in moving the XS to a newer OS base. My
>> key motivation for this is that the Foundation Zamora Teran (OLPC
>> Nicaragua) is having difficulty buying servers for new schools being
>> added to the project - Fedora 9 is too old to support this hardware.
>> For the next XS release, Martin suggests that CentOS 6.2 (or another
>> RHEL equivalent) is used as a base. As my contribution here will
>> likely be limited to just this rebase, I'm prepared to accept that
>> preference.
>> However, having installed/run CentOS 6.2 for the first time I now have
>> my doubts about this. I installed it on a server where the network
>> interface does not appear with F9 (but does work with more recent
>> Fedora). With CentOS, the same problem as F9 is presented: no network
>> adapter.
>> Digging further, I see that support was added to the Linux kernel for
>> this particular network adapter (Atheros AR8152) on February 16th,
>> 2010. However, since CentOS 6.2 uses a kernel from 2009, it does not
>> support this hardware. This seems excessively old for a distro that
>> was released in December 2011, and I imagine that we will see many
>> such problems if we run with this.
>> With this in mind, is there still a strong preference to go with
>> CentOS, or would a more recent Fedora (e.g. 16/17?) be a better
>> choice?
>> Thanks,
>> Daniel
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> Hi Daniel,
> Moving to CentOS or some enterprise Linux makes sense for rebasing XS on
> but given the limitations with hardware compatibility, this might be a
> blocker. New hardware are being used at deployments so probably we might
> have to stick with newer versions of Fedora.
> --
> Abhishek Singh
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Carlos Daniel Garay
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