[CentOS] Wait for 5 or just use 4.4?

Fri Mar 30 18:32:10 UTC 2007
Gary Richardson <gary.richardson at gmail.com>

Based on your software version requirements (php5, mysql5), I would wait
until CentOS 5 comes out. It shouldn't be too much longer now.

Unless you know your raid management software well, I'd recommend software
raid. Based on the motherboard, I'm guessing you won't see a performance
advantage for the 'hardware' raid.


On 3/30/07, 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.
> 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.
> 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.xwith 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)
> 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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