[CentOS] CentOS 6-6.3 -> no updates and security fixes?

Fri May 10 17:49:30 UTC 2013
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 05/10/2013 02:56 AM, Rafał Radecki wrote:
> Hi All.
> I've found:
> This directory (and version of CentOS) is depreciated.  For normal users,
> you should use /6/ and not /6.3/ in your path. Please see this FAQ
> concerning the CentOS release scheme:
> http://www.centos.org/modules/smartfaq/faq.php?faqid=34
> If you know what you are doing, and absolutely want to remain at the 6.3
> level, go to http://vault.centos.org/ for packages.
> Please keep in mind that 6.0, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 no longer gets any updates,
> nor
> any security fix's.
> in http://eu-msync.centos.org/centos-6/6.3/readme
> Is CentOS 6-6.3 really not updated anymore? Why so soon after release of
> 6.4?

Point releases (the .3 or .4 in CentOS-6.3 or CentOS-6.4) are just a
"Point in Time" snapshot of the packages in CentOS-6. CentOS-6 is the
released distribution.

At point release time, we regenerate the ISOs (to allow for installs on
newer hardware.)

If we create new ISOs (with new content), that means we also need to
update the /os tree to also have that newer content for network installs.

When we build updates, we build them in a Staged environment. That means
that an update that is built today is based on a completely up2date
CentOS-6 tree (currently 6.4 and all the updates since 6.4). That new
updated RPM may not install on anything older than the libraries in
place when it is built. That means is may not work on CentOS-6.3 or any
other version of CentOS-6 because it may contain references to libraries
that did not exist in that previous point in time.

As someone else stated ... If you are running Windows 7 with no service
pack installed, you could not install updates that were designed for
Win7SP1 on Win7SP0. To get the newer updates, you have to install SP1.
That is exactly how it works with CentOS-6 as well ... you need to have
the version installed that the updates were designed for to have the
system function properly.

By default, all one has to do is to run yum to stay updated. Yum points
to /6/ by default and that automatically gets you the latest point
release, whatever that may be.

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