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Re: how to convince that debian is one the three major choices for a stable server environment?

The patches are released. The way that it works is that when you
`emerge` your kernel sources the package manager downloads the
sources, untars to /usr/src/, and automatically applies the patches
provided by the Gentoo kernel team. AFAIK, Gentoo does not patch older
kernel versions when a new one has been marked stable in Portage
(which is quite often).

With this, you could acquire the patch used for a newer version and
apply it to your existing sources, but my point was this is a lot of
manual work that is unnecessary in distributions such as Debian.

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM, Mihamina Rakotomandimby
<mihamina@gulfsat.mg> wrote:
>> Jordan Metzmeier <titan8990@gmail.com> :
>> Lets just take this example: A new vulnerability is found in kernels
>> below version X. In debian often the kernel will get patched to fixed
>> said vulnerability and can be installed via the package manager. If it
>> were a Gentoo box the administrator of the machine would either have
>> to patch his existing kernel manually and recompile or upgrade to a
>> new kernel version (which could require reconfiguration prior to
>> recompilation).
> Really? The gentoo distribution does not release it's kernel patch set,
> just the way the other distributions do?
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