[CentOS] Wait for 5 or just use 4.4?

Fri Mar 30 17:46:16 UTC 2007
Leonel <lnunez at gmail.com>

On 3/31/07, Cen Tos <centos.admin at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm a relative newbie to all this so pardon me if the following are all
> stupid questions.

Nobody borns knowing  everything
The worse question is the no asked question

> Firstly, I'm setting up a web server and gone from planning to use Ubuntu
> (due to some familiarity as a desktop at home) to CentOS based on
> recommendations by experienced webhosters.
> However now that I looked into CentOS, I find myself at a point where it's
> transitting to a major new version. So the key question for me is, should I
> wait for CentOS 5 to be released or just go for 4.4?
>  Being rather new to Linux, my attempts to try to figure out the differences
> between the two has been rather futile since I can't readily tell what is
> really important to me or not. All that I think I'm sure of now is that 5
> would support virtualization using Xen and 4.4 doesn't have it. This alone
> is food for thought since the idea of being able to compartalize each
> website in their own VM sounds good in the long run.
> I'm tempted to wait for 5 since I'm reluctant to run the risk of having to
> upgrade a live server to version 5 and have it failed specutacularly if I
> screw it up. On the other hand, it's uncertain when 5 will be out and
> definitely waiting more than another 2 weeks isn't quite acceptable without
> compelling reasons.

Then  go with   4.4

> Hence I'll appreciate it if the knowledgeable folks on this mailing list can
> advise which is the wiser route to go.
> Some additional information which may be relevant to the decision.
> 1. RAID : Was planning to run "hardware" RAID 1 on the server and has noted
> comments that software RAID 1 on Linux may be better than raid 1 using
> onboard firmware controllers.
> 2. Software that would be running on the server would include Apache 2.x
> with ASPx support, php 5.x, MySQL 5.x, Exim, ProFTPD, Direct Admin (supposed
> to be developed on RH and one user apparently tested it to work right out of
> the box with 5 Beta, part of the reason why I decided to go with CentOS)

Then wait for  CentOS 5  since  CentOS 4  has php4  or php5 if you use

> 3. Hardware to be used would be Intel Core 2 Duo on an Asus P5B-VM-D0 (Q965,
> ICH8-D0, Intel GMA3000 GPU) with SATA hard disks.
> 4. Network bandwidth control based on request IP or domains (i.e.
> connections to IP #1 can be limited to 512Kbps, while connections to IP #2
> can be limited to 1024Kbps, or connections to www.domainA.com is limited to
> 256Kbps etc.
> Thanks!
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