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[News] Patching in Linux Done More Correctly (Kernel Space and Beyond)

  • Subject: [News] Patching in Linux Done More Correctly (Kernel Space and Beyond)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:47:30 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Thereâs a Patch for That

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| As a longtime Linux user, this seems to me to 
| be a perfectly sensible idea; after all, it is 
| essentially what is provided as part of the 
| Ubuntu Linux distribution, for example. I 
| subscribe to a security bulletin E-mail list; 
| but there is also an automatic background 
| process that runs daily and notifies me of any 
| updates to the 25,295 packages that Ubuntu 
| knows about. It makes keeping things up to date 
| pretty painless. In the next few days, Iâll 
| post an article here explaining how it works, 
| which I think might clarify what Secunia is 
| proposing to do.


Can You Design a Better Linux T-shirt Than Us? 

,----[ Quote ]
| Today we launched a new initiative at the Linux 
| Foundation: a merchandise store on Linux.com. 
| These arenât logo Ts that you get at every 
| trade show (and probably use to dry your car.) 
| The T-shirts, mugs, stickers and babies gear in 
| the Linux.com store are truly unique and 
| hopefully capture the irreverence, wit and 
| attitude of Linux and free software.



  Oracle should learn a lesson from Linux

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| Oracle is a big world wide database company.
| They produce large and complicated ERP
| systems whose size, just for the
| applications side, number in the range of
| sixty plus gigabytes. Naturally a software
| solution of such a large scale needs to be
| maintained and patched every now and then.
| Heck, any software project, no matter what
| size, needs the same thing.
| [...]
| What Oracle should do is standardise it's
| patching procedures so it is the same
| procedure no matter what patch, be it one
| off or cumulative update, needs to be
| installed. Then they need to have a package
| manager developed which will download and
| install those patches from a specified
| repository. I believe that the type of
| package management used by Linux will scale
| up to Oracle's size quite well and work for
| all supported operating systems in applying
| and maintaining patches.

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