[CentOS] more recent perl version?

Fri May 26 01:37:44 UTC 2017
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 05/24/2017 03:16 PM, hw wrote:
> Johnny Hughes schrieb:
>> On 05/23/2017 11:44 AM, hw wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> are there packages replacing the ancient perl version in
>>> Centos 7 with a more recent one, like 5.24?  At least the
>>> state feature is required.
>> As a side note, here is why RHEL (and therefore CentOS, since we rebuild
>> RHEL source code to create our base OS) has old software:
>> https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/backporting
>> If you just spent $5,000,000.00 on a new Point of Sales software for a
>> couple thousand stores, you might want to keep it in production for a
>> bit longer than 6 months on a linux install.  You also would like to
>> make sure the system is secure, etc.
>> There are 2 concepts for updating .. RHEL/CentOS provides a secure OS
>> that works for 10 years without major changes to ABI/API server related
>> systems .. other distros do updates every 6 months, etc.  If you are
>> looking for latest and greatest/cutting edge type functionality ..
>> CentOS is likely not the OS you want.
>> If you are looking for an OS that runs like you installed it for 10
>> years and remains secure, then CentOS is the OS you want.
> The problem is that the expensive POS software doesn´t run on Centos
> because the perl version Centos uses is too old.  It is so old that you
> don´t need to look for the greatest or latest software to run into
> problems; it suffices when you look for something that works.
> Since there is a recent perl version available, there has to be some way
> to use it.

Not if the developers were developing on Enterprise Linux .. which they
would be.

In all seriousness, you might want to checkout openshift-origin from the


Openshift can be used to create both development/testing and production
environments where you can easily deploy docker containers with specific
SCL software installed together.  It can also be configured so that the
developers can deploy their own test instances, etc.

There is a supported path by Red Hat for production deployments and even
free development available at https://openshift.io/ .

It is fairly easy to have multiple dev environments, etc. using some
combination of openshift.io, openshift-origin (the community upstream)
on CentOS, or openShift Container Platform (the supported version from
Red Hat).

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