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RedHat bites… Slackware rocks

I gave up, after fighting with RedHat to install and actually boot from the RAID1 array for over 6 hours, out of pure frustration I just gave up, plopped Slackware 10.1 in, install took 8 mins for both cd’s and it boots first time, raidd running as a background daemon running for mirroring only burning about 4% of the CPU during a heavy install and running IBM’s Websphere server. Way overboard on the RAM with Slack, kernel functions, raidd, ftpd, httpd and sendmail daemons, and the KDE Xwindows desktop and it’s only burning <95M RAM churning a paisley 10% of the CPU.

RH once I got it to boot (minus the array) was cranking up to over 50% resources burned. Piss on it, I’ve been running Slack since ’96 or so, way back when it took 110 1.4M floppies to install…and have tried dozen of other distros, and not a one holds a candle to Slackware.

Only thing I was disappointed with v10.1 is it still defaults to a 2.4.x kernel, easy enough to fix, I’ll pull down the newest 2.6.x kernel tommorrow and recompile it up to get a bit more performance. I love kernel hacking. best record so far was a kernel that weighed in at <187K for a 486DX webserver with only 4M RAM, believe it or not it’s still running managing my MRTG stats and such.

BTW who the hell still runs WebSphere? I thought IBM folded that one up years ago…. guess I was wrong, but my client wants it, so he’s got it. Nicest treat was the build was written for RH8, but I was able to get her to fire right up under Slack with no cussing or fighting…go figger.

Well the job is finished for the night, and will be ready to deploy tommorrow evening after work.

Now I can use the RH cd’s for pistol targets or something when the damn snow melts and goes away. Think we got another 4-5″ today…. come one guys it’s the end of Feb, we should be done with that white crap by now. Hope it melts away soon. Time for bed.