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Re: Preferred Linux distribution for building 32-bit RPMs?
From: Gaveen Prabhasara <gaveen.skyeye () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:55:54 +0530

I'm not actually going to pick one but rather point a couple of things.

The upcoming Fedora 11 will have a few significant changes to the
RPM relates things. First from 11 onwards they plan to support delta
RPMs, which is a good thing. It shall enable the possibility to ship
new RPMs with only updated files from the previous RPM package.
I don't see it as a problem, but as a possible advantage. However
they are going to change the RPM version to 4.7 which I think is a
little concern.

Secondly the hashing used in RPM is going to change into SHA-256
which could create problems since we have other RPM based
environments using non-SHA-256.

So changing into Fedora 11 might not be a good choice right now.
That being said current RPMs work well in both Fedora and CentOS/
RHEL systems. But as Corey said using the latest main version of
CentOS/RHEL seems a safe choice as they already have a level of
Fedora compatibility. RHEL 6 should be based on Fedora 10/11 I
think. However there's a catch of doing this, as doing so would
probably break the RPM for Fedora 11 (due on May).

[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/RPM4.7
[2] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/StrongerHashes

Gaveen Prabhasara

On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 10:14 AM, Corey Chandler <lists () sequestered net>wrote:

Fyodor wrote:

My current plan is to use Fedora Core 10.  But other options, such as
CentOS, exist.  If anyone has reasons for using (or not using) any
specific distribution, let me know!


I'd advise using CentOS; Fedora 9/10 (or is it 10/11?  I can never
remember) will be tweaked and stabilized to form RHEL 6, which in turn
becomes CentOS 6.  As a result, Fedora 10 (they did away with the "core"
moniker a year or two ago) is effectively the "latest and greatest," which
unfortunately includes libraries that may well not exist on a distro that's
less bleeding edge.
Assuming you miss a dependant library at some point, this could become a
bit tricky to track down; using an older distro that's less subject to
changing / being discontinued within 18 months might be less management
overhead going forward.  As always, thanks for writing nmap...

Corey Chandler / KB1JWQ
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