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the distro kunundrum...

On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:22:55PM -0500, Stephen Adler wrote:
> Well... so I've boxed myself in... At work I ordered a Dell (I had no 
> choice really, the IT guys only buy Dells) to run RHEL for a backup 
> system I'm putting together. After way to much time fussing around, I 
> finally got the damn thing up and running. I then go to test the network 
> and the network performance is very bad. So I mess around, putting in 
> different nic cards brands only to find that the problem doesn't go way. 
> Next I burn a fedora 11 live CD, fire it up and lo and behold, I get 
> close to 100Mbytes/sec data rate over the nic, as what I would expect.
> So now I have a choice of wiping off RHEL and putting on fedora or 
> somehow getting a newer kernel installed... which in the end breaks the 
> model of getting enterprise software for an enterprise application.... 
> Putting a home grown not RHEL supported kernel on RHEL basically voids 
> the warenty sort to speak....
> any words of advice? I'm kind of blowing off steam right now...

Perhaps something besides "the whole kernel" is causing the
issue? I would check the driver versions for the NIC you are
using (RHEL vs Fedora) and see if RHEL is doing something odd
with sysctl parameters or a firewall.


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