[CentOS] Volume of patches for CentOS vs Fedora

Fri Jan 27 09:14:29 UTC 2006
Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams <ivazquez at ivazquez.net>

On Fri, 2006-01-27 at 02:18 -0600, Steve Bergman wrote:
> I'm trying to come to a decision between CentOS 4.2 and Fedora Core 4 
> for use on a server.  One of the things the server will be serving is X 
> desktops so there are some advantages to Fedora.
> However, one thing I can't help but notice is that the patch volume for 
> FC4 from Oct 11 2005 thru the present compared to CentOS 4.2 for the 
> same period is about 5 times greater.  In fact, since June, there are 
> 899 RPMs in the FC4 updates directory for FC4 which seems absolutely insane.
> CentOS is a smaller distro, but not that much smaller.  Also, I 
> understand that CentOS's parent distro (from a prominent North American 
> Linux Distributor) is supposed to be better tested before release than 
> Fedora.  But still, there must be some other factor to explain the 
> disparity.  Like CentOS only releasing a patch for security problems and 
> not bug fixes or something like that.
> Could someone enlighten me?

RHEL only gets security updates between update releases. Since RHEL
update releases correspond to CentOS minor versions,
non-security-related updates usually only occur once every 3 months and
in one fell swoop, not piece-by-piece as in Fedora.

Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams <ivazquez at ivazquez.net>

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