[CentOS] Closest Fedora to CentOS 4?

Fri Apr 18 19:55:20 UTC 2008
Philip R. Schaffner <Philip.R.Schaffner at NASA.gov>

On Fri, 2008-04-18 at 17:05 +0000, Tony Mountifield wrote:
> Hi, I want to take a SRPM that is available for various versions of Fedora
> and rebuild it on a CentOS 4 system.
> Which release of Fedora is the closest to CentOS 4? In other words, which
> would be the best FC to take the SRPM for?

Per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux

Originally, Red Hat based Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Red Hat Linux, but
using a much more conservative release cycle. Later versions leveraged
technologies from Fedora which is a community distribution and project
that Red Hat sponsors. Roughly every third version of Red Hat Linux
(RHL) or Fedora forms the basis for a version of Red Hat Enterprise
Linux, thus:

    * Red Hat Linux 6.2 → Red Hat Linux 6.2E
    * Red Hat Linux 7.2 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
    * Red Hat Linux 9 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
    * Fedora Core 3 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
    * Fedora Core 6 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
    * Fedora 9 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (projected)

IIRC the RHEL (and thus CentOS) branches from Fedora have been from late
test versions rather than the final releases.  I have had pretty good
luck building packages from a Fedora release or 2 later than the branch
version on CentOS.  My $0.02 is to try the latest SRPM for a particular
package that will build successfully, rather than going all the way back
to FC3 for EL4-based systems.  You will often need to build dependencies
from Fedora as well.  Probably goes without saying, but check the 3rd
party repos first before embarking on custom builds.