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Linux machines with no rebooting…? Is this what we want?

Sep 02, 2010, 20:47 (0 Talkback[s])


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"The other day, I caught a message that KSplice was available for Fedora. I thought I'd be a wiseguy and I replied "Yeah, great. Call me in 20 years when it's available for for RHEL". Well, as several people pointed out, it turns out the joke is on me.

"As you can see, it's actually available for many Linux-based OSes at various prices. I suppose my confusion stemmed from the fact that I misunderstood what ksplice was.

"My impression from a long time ago, when it first came out on Ubuntu, was that it was essentially a kernel patch that dynamically loaded patches and provided the ability to rebootstrap a kernel that was already loaded. As it turns out, it's a commercial product that offers the ability to not have to reboot your machine to update the kernel. Let me be frank: I'm all about that."

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