[CentOS] Upgrading FC2 to CentOS 5.* - anyone second this?

Wed May 30 15:47:04 UTC 2012
m.roth at 5-cent.us <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM, Max Pyziur <pyz at brama.com> wrote:
>> Since this is a server environment, there are about 700-800 packages,
not the 3000
>> that sit on desktop machine.
> If it is a server environment, you should be paying attention to the
> supported life of the distribution.  FC2 is long, long past its 'use
> by' date.

Very much so. Almost anywhere I've ever worked, no management would
*allow* a production server that was this far out of date.

Further, if it were up to me, there's *no* way I'd allow fedora in a
production environment. It's a development line; I'd expect management to
demand either RHEL or CentOS, which are stable production-quality lines.
They don't have the latestgreatestmostwonderfulness... but when that moves
into these distros, they're not going to break when you look at them
> Just get the package list from the working C5 box and feed it to
> kickstart or to yum after a minimal install.
>> Last, CentOS is built from Fedora Core 6. Usually, it makes sense to
>> proceed sequentially.

So you're going to upgrate to FC3, 4 and 5 before going to CentOS?
> No,  it makes sense to upgrade things that were designed and tested as
> upgrades, and to re-install things that weren't.  You might, with a
> lot of work and care, make the upgrade operational, but the result
> will be a one-of-a-kind beast that doesn't belong in a production
> environment.
I agree. If someone handed me a mess like that, I'd be building a new
production server, test it, and get that out of production as fast as I
possibly could. If you, or whoever, got another job, or were hit by a car
tomorrow, whoever had to pick it up would be SOL, and it'd probably crash
before they figured out what had been done. It would take you as much time
to document as to
     a) build a new, stable CentOS 5 or 6 box
     b) install everything required on it
     c) recompile anything in-house that needed to be rebuilt
     d) test it all, and put it into production,

and I guarantee that you'd miss documenting something vital.

>> But how much difference is there from FC2 to
>> FC6/CentOS 5.*?

A *lot*.