[CentOS] redhat vs centos

Tue Nov 1 11:26:32 UTC 2011
Dennis Jacobfeuerborn <dennisml at conversis.de>

On 11/01/2011 06:53 AM, Eero Volotinen wrote:
> 2011/11/1 Bob Hoffman<bob at bobhoffman.com>:
>> I have been reading the threads on here with great ernest about redhat
>> making a move to throw off centos compilations.
>> I read some stories about microsoft wanting to work closer with centos
>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/17/microsoft_and_centos/
>> I have to update to centos 6 due to some needs of clients who need newer
>> mysql and php (and installing them on centos5
>> was too hard for me).
> You can get updated php and mysql from ius community repo.
> http://iuscommunity.org/

I don't think the real question here is whether you can get updated 
packages from somewhere but if it's worthwhile to build upon centos when 
it's becoming increasingly difficult for centos to make releases.

People like me are going to install a lot of systems in the coming months 
and years and upgrade older ones as well. Given that the problems we are 
seeing now don't seem to be temporary but are going to be around and 
probably get worse due to the upstream changes it is just prudent to 
consider to move to a more sustainable base.

Lack of communication from the core team in these matters doesn't improve 
the situation either. I would expect some sort of announcement that the CR 
repo will fully replace the point releases as that seems to be the case 
now. The only thing that is missing then is ISO releases of updated 
versions and perhaps more importantly installation ISOs with updated 
kernels (you cannot install centos/rhel 6 on some systems with intel NICs 
due to a kernel bug but this is fixed in 6.1).

Given that the status of 6.1 on the 1st of Sept. was "CentOS 6.1 current 
status : 16 packages still don't built/link like they should. So no 
installable tree/ISO is currently available for the QA team to test. no ETA 
for that" I don't see much hope for the future of point releases in centos.