Today, I decided to reinstall our intranet file server. For several reasons:
It’s still running RedHat 7.2
I fiddled around with LDAP for UNIX and SMB auth. Didn’t quite work
After a power outage yesterday, I cannot NFS-mount one directory on the server. All others are okay, just this one directory refuses to work. It did work previous to the outage.
So, I tell my cow-orker, and he asks “What are you gonna put on the box?” Well, that’s an easy answer: “RedHat 7.3” Him: “Why don’t you use 8 or even 9?”
To be honest, it’s a gut feeling. Starting with 8, RedHat has become too colorful and eyecandyish to be on a server, for my taste. I use 8 as my desktop machine, because I love the antialiased fonts in Mozilla, but when it comes to critical servers, I prefer to stay a little behind the tech curve. When Redhat 7 came out, I still put 6.2 on a lot of machines, because by that time, a lot of the kinks had been ironed out of 6.2, and, honestly, 7.0 was not the best release…
So my answer was “Because I don’t trust Redhat newer than 7.3 on critical servers”. And because I am a stubborn old fart!