While this server will be used in production, it is understood by the client that we're not offering "5 nines" (due to the nature of the situation, not the o/s). With that being said, I'm not looking for the "run 4.9 because it's the latest stable branch".
I also do not want to be on the bleeding edge as far as 5.2 would be concerned.
I'd probably pick the latest production release and stick to that.
OK. Only, I bet you're still going to ask questions about which release you actually should run, even though you've indicated that you're discounting the criteria normally used to make such a decision.
I don't want to spend all my time cvsup'ing sources and buildworld'ing (especially given the probability I'll be duplicating this config another 3 times).
What I'm looking for is experience and/or opinion on 4.9/5.2 in regards to better support, speed (where applicable), and stability in regards to HyperThreading (it won't pain me to not use hyperthreading, but if I can, might as well), 3ware controllers, and SMP.
4.9 is better supported, particularly for someone not willing to update their sources and do your own builds. 4.9 is probably still faster than 5.x for most circumstances (certainly unless you disable WITNESS), and it is also more stable.
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