Warren Samples wrote:
On 07/29/2018 07:56 PM, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode wrote:
First question (an admittedly ignorant one, but I haven't spent much
time in the CentOS community): Why does their package manager not
automatically keep system components current?
Second question: If the first question cannot be resolved easily, what
is the advantage of CentOS for this project over Ubuntu or Debian?
The explanation that addresses your first question can be expressed in a
very long-winded manner but also boiled down to this: It's RHEL's
approach to enforcing stability. They and their clients are interested
in a system that gives them no bad surprises. This takes into account
the fact that many of those clients are using complicated proprietary
software for critical tasks; commercial software and/or software
developed in-house, which is expected to be fail-proof. There's is an
obviously ultra-conservative approach, but you can't deny they've been
successful at what they do :D CentOS naturally inherits the result of
Ubuntu's LTS (Long Term Support) releases serve the same goal, with
similar methods: patches are allowed, security patches can be
automated, but new features are held back until the next LTS release.
It's a tough call, though, with supplemental packages getting long in
the tooth. In addition to the potential vulnerabilities, older packages
can introduce their own compatibility issues, as we've seen here.
I tend to stick with only LTS releases myself, so I appreciate the goals
with such things.
But unless one is managing a legacy system with known dependencies on
older packages, using a more recent version would seem a good fit, esp.
for non-experts, as it establishes a fresh baseline using the latest and
I guess the missing piece of the puzzle here is why his VPS service
doesn't offer CentOS 7. But as you say:
Of course the market is open and it's relatively easy to switch hosts.
There are several distros that would qualify as reliable enough for
server usage including a few that aren't as widely available as the more
popular ones. Debian and Ubuntu are totally valid along with CentOS and
those are probably the most widely available in hosting packages
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