[CentOS] EL 6 rollout strategies? (Scientific Linux)

Mon May 16 16:43:20 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 5/16/2011 11:11 AM, Craig White wrote:
> but you're leaving out a very important distinction - SL released all the updates so the lack of a 5.6 release by SL is merely the installer disc's which is significant only to people who are looking to install SL on hardware that is newly supported by 5.6 and not 5.5. Their updated 5.6 packages (and the packages of primary concern are the security updates) have been available for some time - sooner than CentOS 5.6 packages. I think the time factor squaring is relevant only when you use the milestone targets.

To be fair, there is another distinction in that the SL updates were 
more of a rolling release that may not have been built in an environment 
that matched upstream as precisely as the Centos version. But since we 
don't know the details of that environment it is hard to know whether to 
expect any practical differences as a result.  Without more to go on, my 
gut feeling is that I would have preferred security updates to not be 
delayed by problems building a new anaconda/installer - and that if yum 
can't deal with updating components in any order the distribution is 
inherently broken anyway.  As it happens, I think I have the main 
internet-exposed servers updated and the exploit attempts I was seeing 
were aimed at something fixed in 5.4 anyway - but I was still worried 
about things I might not have seen...

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com