[CentOS] General question on QA from a Fedora Core fan

Fri Apr 29 01:24:20 UTC 2005
Hardy Beltran Monasterios <hardy at hardy.com.bo>

El jue, 28-04-2005 a las 15:42 -0500, Steve Bergman escribió:
> Apologies if this ends up a dup, but there seems to have been a problem 
> with my original subscription.
> [ snip ]
> On the positive side, looking at the errata, it looks as though CentOS
> has drastically fewer notices than Fedora, and I assume that is because
> there really are more problems (security of otherwise) shaken out during
> testing.
> Obviously, not being forced to upgrade due to withdrawal of support with
> regards to security patches every 1.5 years is a plus.
> So I welcome comments.  If I switch my clients from Fedora to CentOS,
> they don't have the latest and greatest  (and, for example,  I need
> OpenOffice 2.0 ASAP for one of my clients due to it's Access-like
> interface to PostgreSQL), but how much advantage am I really looking at
> with regards to stability?
> i.e. I know all the reasons that CentOS *should* be more rock solid 
> stable.  But is there a noticeable difference in reality?
It depedens what do you want to do, what do you need. There is no distro
for all tasks.

In my particular case I prefer to use CentOS in the side server for
their stability and more importan for me, the long support that this
Enterprise class distro offer (by RH promess).

For my clients wich uses Linux in the side server my recomendations are
the same. And by example I have a customer wich develops applications
with PHP/Postgress/MySQL they can't afford the costly effort to upgrade
his development/production/test servers and the worst case test his
application with the new version of PHP and MySQL which we see in Fedora
in almost each release. For them the "version stability" is a very
critical issue.

But I tink that CentOS is not very useful in the desktop side, where we
need each time use recent version of the applications. I think in the
desktop side is not much important "version estability/freeze".

My self I use Debian for my desktop and CentOS for my servers. With
Debian always can I get the newer "killer app" for Gnome.

> Thanks For Any Input.
> Sincerely,
> Steve Bergman

Hardy Beltran Monasterios
hardy at acm dot org
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