[CentOS] Re: A few questions regarding CentOS (5.0)

Thu Mar 27 18:28:24 UTC 2008
Rudi Ahlers <Rudi at SoftDux.com>

Scott Silva wrote:
> on 3-27-2008 10:50 AM Rudi Ahlers spake the following:
>> Robert Nichols wrote:
>>> The upgrade to 5.1 is seamless.  Your actual version (the 
>>> replacement for
>>> "$releasever" in the URL in the yum config file) is "5", not "5.0", 
>>> which
>>> will always track the latest release.  Sounds like the kernel version
>>> (currently kernel-2.6.18-53.1.14.el5) is not what is causing your 
>>> problem.
>> I have only recently started using CentOS, and have an interesting 
>> query on this. If release 5 is always the latest release, does that 
>> mean when 5.6 comes out, it will still be v5? And how does the 
>> transition for major releases (from 4 to 5, 5 to 6) work?
> 5 will always be 5 until it falls off of support. 5.6 is just version 
> 5 at a set point in time with all the upgrades at the time the freeze 
> was set. So you get CentOS 5, but with the current kernel and files at 
> that time. The installer also gets any kernel revisions and patches 
> that are at that point in time. That way a 5.6 install cd/dvd might 
> install on hardware that was unsupported in an earlier point release.
>  A major release will get the next major number. I don't think any 
> major release will ever automatically update to the next release, as 
> upstream has always recommended a wipe and install over major version 
> upgrades. And since upstream has usually set new releases at an 18-24 
> month release cycle, you can usually expect a new major release at 
> about every 2 years or so.
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Cool, thanx for the info :)


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Rudi Ahlers
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