Re: 2.6.6-mm2

From: Chris Mason
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 08:43:14 EST

On Thu, 2004-05-13 at 09:18, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Thu, May 13, 2004 at 04:25:40AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >...
> > Wim explained that any application changes now won't be widely deployed for
> > another year. During that period the ability to run existing Oracle setups
> > requires that hugepage allocation be available to unprivileged
> > applications.
> >...
> > It means that if people install a machine on their database
> > server, the database *just won't work*. This is not good for those users,
> > for the kernel developers or for Linux's reputation in general.
> >...
> That sounds silly when talking about Oracle.
> Oracle says:
> Which Kernels are supported?
> Oracle does not support modified or recompiled kernels. Recompiled
> kernels are not supported with or without source modifications.
> I doubt there are many "existing Oracle setups" that will risk to lose
> all Oracle support by installing a different kernel.
No, I doubt so as well. Then again, why force them into a vendor
kernel? At the very least, it would be nice to be able to benchmark
vanilla against the vendors.

> And AFAIK Oracle currently supports not a single distribution that ships
> with kernel 2.6.

Keep in mind that just because oracle isn't certified on a kernel today,
that doesn't make Andrew's statements wrong.


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