[CentOS] Centos 6.3 - which repos to use?

Fri Jan 25 22:05:17 UTC 2013
Nikolaos Milas <nmilas at noa.gr>

On 25/1/2013 11:28 μμ, Leon Fauster wrote:

> not the CentOS(-Team) but the user it self is risking this …

True. CentOS/RHEL are using the least-risk policy by rarely updating 
packages, except for serious bug/security fixes and that helps provide 
peace of mind from the base OS.

Yet, I have come to believe that Systems Administration is not trivial 
in terms of decision-making; in fact, one could say that it may be a 
highly philosophical (!) job.

You must balance availability of features, stability, manageability, 
security, package dependencies, application/service deployment and 
maintenance and more.

Experience, knowledge and a thoughtful attitude will hopefully help find 
a "golden section" between all these through time on a per case-basis.

No systems are identical. The sysadmins have to *study* their 
environment and needs and then design the proper solution on each case.

As a simple example, if there is a requirement to run OpenLDAP *as a 
server* on a CentOS OS, the sysadmin MUST find *how* to run the latest 
version (which is the only "approved" one for OpenLDAP server 
deployments by the OpenLDAP project). Deploying OpenLDAP using the 
packages available by either CentOS 5 or 6 repos is unacceptable.