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Re: Linux prefered for running Subversion : call for testimonials

From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-11-17 18:41:59 CET

Toby Thain wrote:
> On 16-Nov-07, at 11:54 AM, Erik Hemdal wrote:
>>> From: Marc Haisenko [mailto:haisenko@comdasys.com]
>>> On Wednesday 14 November 2007, Roth, Pierre wrote:
>>>> I would like then to compile into a single short document all the
>>>> pro's for running the subversion server on a Linux machine.
>>> Well, I guess one good reason would be that SubVersion comes
>>> readily compiled
>> . . . .
>>> the distribution (I'm thinking about the enterprise editions
>>> of SuSE or
>>> RedHat... but then I don't know whether they include SubVersion).
>>> Marc
>> I have an RHEL 4 server available to me, so I checked. SVN is not
>> installed
>> by default, but you can use up2date to install v1.1.4. I don't know
>> if RHEL
>> 5 includes anything newer. Fedora provides a much newer version in the
>> package it distributes. From what I can see, if you want to run with
>> RHEL,
>> you'll probably want to build your own SVN.
> Recent packages are available from CollabNet.

RHEL 5 is the current version, and CentOS5 is a free equivalent if you
don't need support. Looking at Centos, I see 1.4.2 as the stock version
which should be fine for now. However, the way the 'enterprise'
distributions work is that they only provide security and bugfix updates
for their long supported life, so you probably won't see subversion 1.5
as a distibution update until the next release of RHEL/Centos. This is
generally a good thing, since you don't want surprises from your server
operating systems, but sometimes you do want new features and will have
to build a package yourself or grab it from somewhere else.

This is good reading for anyone waffling about running a Linux server:
And keep in mind that Centos is very timely in delivering the same updates.

   Les Mikesell
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Received on Sat Nov 17 18:43:54 2007

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