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Re: [K12OSN] K12LTSP 4.2.4EL planning... how stable?

Along these lines. . .

I updated 4 servers two weeks before school started and every one of them got hacked right after that. . .I still don't have them all back working again after re-installing them. they had been running rock solid over a year and two of them longer than that with little to no upgrades.  I figured newer would be better and more secure. . . WRONG!  I will not make that mistake again!

I DO NOT recommend automated updates at all


Rob Owens wrote:
I currently don't use the EL branch, but I say
stability should be its main focus.  Keep all those
new packages out of it.  Perhaps make the newer
packages available in another repository, in case
anybody wants to experiment.  But I think the EL users
need to be able to turn on automatic nightly yum
updates without worry of breaking something.  

I do nightly yum updates on my CentOS web server and
don't have any problems.  I'd be real concerned about
doing that with Fedora.  Dropping new packages into
K12LTSP 4.2EL would be blurring the line too much
between Fedora and CentOS.


--- Eric Harrison <eharrison mail mesd k12 or us>

CentOS 4.4 has been released & I've started work on
K12LTSP 4.2.4EL.

The question is how stable should the stable branch

There are a half-dozen end-user applications that
can be updated. These
would be essentially back-ports from FC5 (K12LTSP
5.0). Does anyone
using K12LTSP 4.2EL have concerns about bumping up
to the
latest-and-greatest of any of these packages?

Package Name   K12LTSP 4.2.3EL version  Latest
------------  ------------------------ 
blender       2.37-2.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL    2.42-6.fc5
celestia      1.3.2-3.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL   1.4.1-5.fc5
childsplay    0.81.1-2.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL  0.83-1.fc5
DansGuardian  2.7.6-7.k12ltsp.0.4.0
gcompris      7.1.1-4.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL   7.4-13.fc5
inkscape      0.43-1.k12ltsp.4.2.2EL    0.44-4.fc5
tuxmath       0.2001.9.7-0103          

The real big question is whether or not to switch
from LTSP 4.1 to LTSP
4.2? This is not an insignificant change,
considering that the kernel
for the terminals is changed from a 2.4 kernel to a
2.6 kernel.

Considering that a "stable" branch should favor
stability over shiny new
features, I am currently leaning towards leaving
K12LTSP 4.2.4EL with
the older LTSP 4.1 packages. This is largely a
question with upgrades,
so I'd like to hear from those of you currently
running K12LTSP 4.2.3EL.
Are the new features in LTSP 4.2 (largely improved
support) worth the risk of potentially breaking some
of your terminals?


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