[Bro] Bro Roadmap and Linux Distro Compatibility

Slagell, Adam J slagell at illinois.edu
Tue May 31 09:52:30 PDT 2016

Yes, you should for Bro 2.5. I suppose you will be able to disable broker at config time and maybe still compile, but the RHEL 6 compiler doesn’t support all of Bro’s code or its dependencies.

> On May 31, 2016, at 11:48 AM, Gary Faulkner <gfaulkner.nsm at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm about to build a couple more worker nodes and it got me wondering 
> whether I should migrate to a newer Linux distro. My current cluster is 
> running on RHEL 6.x, but over the past couple years I've noticed changes 
> to Bro that temporarily required installing newer versions of CMake than 
> RHEL 6.x originally supported. RHEL 6.x eventually broke the mold of not 
> breaking binary compatibility around RHEL 6.6 and moved to a newer CMake 
> which made the RHEL packaged CMake Bro compatible once again. As such 
> I'm wondering if there is anything in the pipeline that would break 
> compatibility a properly updated RHEL 6.x/Centos6.x. I'd rather not 
> maintain separate versions of libraries to build Bro if possible. We're 
> technically a RHEL shop, so I'd probably be looking at RHEL7.x, but I 
> could look at another distro that is more aggressive with running newer 
> kernels and software libraries if necessary. Thoughts?
> ~Gary
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Adam J. Slagell
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