Binary compatability and application dependicies
By fintanr on Apr 26, 2005
I see Oracle are echoing what many customers have been saying about Linux patches in this article over on the register.
"Speaking at the Software 2005 conference in Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday, Phillips told an audience of 1,000 chief executive officers: "[Customers] are bogged down by the dependencies between applications. Add a patch in Linux and five other things break. People ask: 'Why can't you tell me what the dependencies are?'"This is exactly why binary compatability and interface stability are important. If you can't add patches with the confidence that your production systems will stay up, and that your applications will stay running on them, you can only be nervous. And it is also why Sun invests a huge amount of time into testing patches.