Which flavor of Linux for RTEMS S/W developemnt ( was Re: MVME5500 Tester Needed for 4.10)

Ralf Corsepius ralf.corsepius at rtems.org
Wed Mar 16 15:38:46 UTC 2011

On 03/16/2011 03:55 PM, Kate Feng wrote:
> Joel Sherrill wrote:
>> On 03/16/2011 09:10 AM, Kate Feng wrote:
>> RHEL4 is very old now.  I am sorry you are stuck with it. :(
> I actually has to give up on RHEL and choose between
> Ubuntu 10.04 and OpenSUSE 11.0.
This is a choice between "cancer or pest" - Neither can be recommended.

openSUSE 11.0 has been discontinued in July 2010 and is dead.

Ubuntu 10.4 is not supported by us and would definitely not be my choice.

> Which flavor of Linux would be better for the latest version
> of RTEMS for software development ?
What to chose would depend upon your intentions.

For long term "maintenance" at present time, I'd recommend, in 
decreasing order:
1. RHEL6: Fairly current distro, supposed to be supported for ca 7 years.
Downside: No freely distributable versions available so far (CentOS6 
isn't out yet).
2. RHEL5: Quite dated, but still sufficiently recent for RTEMS, still 
several years of maintenance ahead.
Free versions (CentOS5) available.

For active development, in decreasing preference:
1. Fedora 14 or Fedora 13.
2. When it'll be out: CentOS6
3. openSUSE 11.4 or 11.3


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