[CentOS] Re: is CentOS stable enough ?

Wed Jun 13 03:19:04 UTC 2007
Feizhou <feizhou at graffiti.net>

Warren Young wrote:
> Feizhou wrote:
>> If you understand 'automated deployment' to mean just merely 
>> clobbering an installation with another Linux distro then I cannot 
>> help you. 
> You're right, we are not using the same terms.  I understand "automated 
> deployment" to include things like yum.

yum upgrade or apt distupgrade? ;)

>> one does not leave out staging the deployment to a staging box/farm 
> You're restricting yourself to a subset of the real world here.

Of course. Tom said 'servers'. Of course, that does not necessarily mean 
a farm of servers but hey, if you have enough of them, you don't want to 
have to fight fires due to human error.

> Staging systems do not make sense everywhere.  I cannot justify creating 
> a staging system for my tax accountant client, where I installed a file 
> server.  There's only the one server.  For your idea to work, before 
> doing an OS upgrade, I'd have to have an identical spare machine just 
> sitting around idle for me to test on.  Tax accountants are CHEAP.  I 
> had a hard time talking the accountant into RAID.  A duplicate testing 
> box, too?  Please....

Single point of failure boxes need not apply. In this case, I don't even 
think you worry about security updates so whether it runs Centos or 
Fedora is not even an issue unless one of them proves to be unstable. 
Unless you like to have your accounts available on the Net...