On Thu, 2008-12-18 at 09:07 +0100, Mel wrote:
> On Thursday 18 December 2008 04:03:45 Chris wrote:
> > I'm trying to keep all FreeBSD servers in my net as I have since the
> > late 90s. I have a requirement to get a quickbooks enterprise server
> > running so I was going to attempt to use compat_linux.
> >
> > It struck me that if I knew the following list of supported linux
> > implementations, I should be able to figure out the best port
> > to use. So far, it doesn't seem too clear to me. Here are the
> > linux versions supported by the 2 daemons Intuit puts out:
> >
> > CentOS 5
> > Debian (Lenny)
> > Fedora 6 / 7 / 8
> > Mandriva
> > OpenSuSE 10.2 / 10.3
> > Ubuntu 6.06 / 7.04 / 7.10 / 8.0
> >
> > Here are the components needed.
> >
> > Gamin - 0.1.7.7 or newer or Fam – 2.7.0 or newer
> > Glibc – 2.5-3 or newer, or Libc6 – 2.5-3 or newer
> > Libgcc – 4.2.1 or newer
> > Libstdc++ - 4.2.1 or newer
> >
> > Which of the linux_base* ports would be best to
> > attempt to run these two daemons.
> >
> > I just updated ports and have the following shown
> > linux_base-f7
> > linux_base-f8
> > linux_base-fc4
> > linux_base-fc6
> > (and several Gentoo)
> 
> On 6.x, use fc4.
> On 7.x use fc6 and set compat.linux.os_release to 2.6.16 (which will be the 
> default for 7.x branch starting 7.1 as far as I know).
> 
> You can use others, but these have the widest coverage in production systems 
> and testing by the emulation team.

Sorry to butt in here, but I've suffered similar confusion. In some
blogs or wikis it mentions setting the sysctl compat.linux.osrelease to
either 2.4.2 or 2.6.16, and (in some of my fiddling during tests) I've
found I can actually set the kernel settings to suit pretty much any
software that needs to run.

If this is the case, what is the difference between the ports? Do the
libraries change? Supporting software? Can freebsd effectively emulate
any kernel version?

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