[CentOS] Tired of Fedora, shopping for a new OS. Upgrade from F8 ? CentOS kernel versions ?

Phil Schaffner P.R.Schaffner at IEEE.org
Fri Oct 31 01:37:35 UTC 2008


On Thu, 2008-10-30 at 22:33 +0000, Karanbir Singh wrote:
> Linuxguy123 wrote:
> > b) One of the things I really need are up to date (bleeding edge)
> > kernels.  For example, F8 has 2.6.26 kernels, whereas CentOS appears to
> > be running 2.6.18 kernels.  I do know how to build my own kernels, but
> > that is a pain.
> > 
> > Does someone keep a separate repository that has more modern kernels ?
> > Can yum be configured to use only specific packages (ie kernels) from a
> > specific repository ?
> 
> Why not step up and offer to maintain a bleeding edge kernel in the 
> centos-plus repos ?

IMHO should be a separate repo, or at least a naming scheme that would
let people still use the "traditional" centos-plus kernels (derived from
the same kernel versions with additional components being turned on)
would be required.  Otherwise there would be too much risk of people
unintentionally updating to bleeding-edge kernels.

Along these lines, it might be a good idea to add some of the other more
"modern" features for those who want them and understand the risks -
again in a clearly specified bleeding-edge repo (or repos) - as long as
people are willing to step up and help with building, testing, and
maintaining packages.  From recent requests on the list there seems to
be some pent-up demand for newer features.  This could help establish
CentOS as both a platform that can be used by those who want EL
stability but don't need the support, and as a "bridge" for testing new
features on a stable base.

Phil




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