If you go with the vanilla kernel, I'd suggest a good bit of patching. I
haven't used RedHat in a long time, but vendors tend to distribute kernels that
are heavily patched with bug fixes, additional features, security fixes, etc.
If you switch to a vanilla kernel, you are probably going to be missing
something significant. The vanilla 2.6.10 has a number of significant
vulnerabilities. At the very least, you might want to look at grsecurity.net
for their security patch, even if you don't use the grsecurity features (which
I strongly recommend using).
There are several patches for 2.6.10 on the grsecurity site, but one of them is
primarily fixes to known vulnerabilities. That patch doesn't address all the
known vulnerabilities in 2.6.10, but it does address quite a few. They also
have patches for 2.4.x.
From: linux-xfs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Jan-Frode Myklebust
Sent: Thu 1/27/2005 11:03 AM
To: David Chalmers
Subject: Re: XFS into RedHat AS 3.1
On Fri, Jan 28, 2005 at 12:12:34AM +1100, David Chalmers wrote:
> What is the best (simplest) way to get XFS support into Redhat Enterprise
> AS 3.1? I currently have the 2.4.21-27.0.2.ELsmp kernel.
The SGI-provided RHEL-kernels are lagging too much, and
forward-porting their patches got to be too much work/complicate for
us. We've moved to running the Fedora Core 3 kernels on our
So, I'd recommend one of:
1 - Fedora Core 3 kernel-rpms (boot with selinux=0)
2 - plain 2.6 kernels from kernel.org
3 - plain 2.4 kernels from kernel.org
We do #1 and #2 on various servers.