[CentOS] Getting ready for CentOS 5.4

Sun Mar 29 20:13:02 UTC 2009
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

Michael A. Peters wrote:
>>>> Wow, I really must be out of the loop. New versions of RHEL every 4-6 
>>>> months?
>>>> Damn. I left Fedora because their release schedule was too frequent ...
>>> The Fedora releases change behavior wildly with each release.  The point 
>>> of enterprise versions is that they maintain backwards compatibility 
>>> even if they add some new features.
>> Yes, the RHEL releases are akin to the service packs of MS Windows.  You'll
>> get some new features and a few changes, but it'll still be the same basic
>> system.  Fedora releases are more like moving from Windows XP to Vista, or
>> more precisely, from a reasonably mature Windows XP to a Beta release of
>> Vista.
> My comment was joke - RHEL releases don't come out every 4-6 months (not 
> for a major version anyway).
> I do wish though that EPEL had a better policy, there have been several 
> occasions when I have had had to recompile something of my own for the 
> simple reason that EPEL versioned a shared library.
> The Firefox 1.5 to 3.0 move in RHEL was at least understandable, there 
> was good reason for that, but some of the EPEL changes - I think they 
> leave it to the discretion of the packager but it's annoying.

But its still a lot better than nothing if you can grab a src rpm and 
'rpmbuild --rebuild' it to get a working version.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com