[CentOS] Re: Support policy CentOS 5

Thu Aug 21 14:18:35 UTC 2008
Michael Ekstrand <michael at elehack.net>

"Patrick Derwael" <patrick at derwael.be>
> Can someone tell me what the exact CentOS policy for end-of-life is
> for 5.0?

As far as I know, 5.0 itself is pretty much EOL; updates are not being
released for it.  5, on the other hand, won't be EOL for quite a few

> Let me explain: I have been using RHEL for a number of years and had to
> switch to Fedora for installing some packages only supported under F6.
> As I find Fedora's policy for release life duration too stringent (and I
> do no longer need the packages that made me choose F6), I'm considering
> switching over to CentOS5.0
> I know, 5.0 is not the most recent release, but that one is supported by
> Parallel Pro (new package I need)

I imagine that Parallel Pro will probably work on 5.2.  5.2 isn't really
a new release of CentOS, but is rather an update set to CentOS 5.  Think
of it as CentOS 5 Service Pack 2, if you will.  The vast majority of it
(some desktop apps, such as Firefox, excluded) should be 100%
binary-compatible with 5.0.

Running 5.0 is not recommended, as you will not have security support.
If keeping as close to 5.0 as possible is desired, you could probably
install 5.0 and then only install the security-related updates.

- Michael

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