Dumped Red Hat for Mandrake …
Last month’s move of birdhouse hosting from OS X to Red Hat went well — the hardware, network, and support from sonic have all been great. But ever since the move, our mail server had been halting at random intervals. We use CommuniGate Pro (a commercial mail server used by Earthlink and UC Berkeley, among others), which runs on every operating system under the sun (even BeOS!). Red Hat leads the Linux field, but guess what I learned too late? Red Hat 9.x uses a brand new threading model designed to make it more like commercial Unices. Technically, a good move by Red Hat. Unfortunately, they didn’t adequately test for backwards compatibility before releasing, and broke a lot of existing software … such as CommuniGate Pro and SpamAssassin, two pieces of software I depend on. I read Stalkers warning too late:
Make sure you are NOT using Linux RedHat 9.0, as this version of Linux has a broken multithreading implementation.
Craptastic. This was the second time I’d been royally screwed by Red Hat; the first time was about four years ago, when I opted for the “Server” mode install of RH7, which happily re-initialized not just the partitions it needed for the install, not just the drive it was going to reside on, but every partition on every drive attached to the system, including BeOS and Windows partitions. My love for Red Hat is growing by leaps and bounds.
After some gnashing of teeth, finally decided I had no choice but to switch operating systems again — to anything but Red Hat. Sonic suggested Mandrake and offered to loan me a 2nd rack box to use through the transition. Stalker agreed Mandrake would be a good choice. Just spent another Saturday moving customers, systems, databases, scripts, etc. to the new machine.