As part of our contract with RedHat we have received a beta of 5.2 . I will
be looking at this soon.(Actually looked at it last night) . I will report
back on what is in and not in it.
One thing that may help decide the issue is how the testing that D0 and the
Sam project are doing. They are having some problems with 5.0.2 and are
now trying 5.1 . They are having egcs and linker problems.
Rob based on your comment below about Applixware I assume you have the
4.4.1 version. How about a small review of the product.
> On slashdot.org, it has been reported that the final release of RedHat-5.2
> (as opposed to betas already out) will not make use of Linux kernel v2.2 as
> originally, but unofficially, stated. The claim is that RedHat-6.0 will be the
> first to include the kernel v2.2, and will be released about 2 months after
> the kernel is available and stable. The kernel v2.2 is not released yet, but
> is expected Real Soon Now... my bet is 1-2 months.
> Last year, several of us informally targeted RH-5.2 as the basis of the next
> FNAL Linux release, based on a presentation by RedHat at FNAL. At that time,
> RH-5.2 was expected near the end of this year, and would include support for
> up to 16 processors, RAID, and real-time functionality, all of which come from
> kernel v2.2. With these features unsupported at the level we would like, we
> have lost much of the original motivation for investing in developing a FNAL
> Linux 5.2.
> There are still good reasons to upgrade to RH-5.2. The Gnome desktop and
> "drag-n-drop" are maturing, I understand. Egcs 1.1b is well-supported, even if
> the C++ compiler portion may still be inadequate relative to the C++ Standard.
> Commercial products like Applixware are built against the latest C++ libraries
> (libstdc++-2.8) and will not function without the appropriate shared libraries
> being installed (I loaded them onto my RH-5.0 machine... one must be careful
> to load the new libs in addition to, not in the place of, the old ones). But I
> wonder if there is enough motivation to go through an FNAL OS upgrade when
> RH-6.0 may be 3-4 months away.
> Does someone know of a feature in RH-5.2 that is substantial enough to
> motivate the development of a FNAL Linux 5.2, before the arrival of RH-6.0?
> Hopefully those brave folks with RH-5.2 beta can tell us the answer.
> Rob K.