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Why CentOS?

Posted: 2007/02/14 18:52:49
by lexan
I am coming from FreeBSD/Debian onto CentOS and had some questions.

How soon does CentOS release updates compared to RH release dates?

Is there any subscription for updates or are they entirely community provided similar to Debian?

What would be the biggest weakness of CentOS compared to RH?

The biggest strength?

Why CentOS?

Posted: 2007/02/14 19:52:25
by Lenard
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How soon does CentOS release updates compared to RH release dates?
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Within a few days at the most, usually within hours (less then 4 in most cases).

[quote]
Is there any subscription for updates or are they entirely community provided similar to Debian?
[/quote]

Freely available via yum, up2date and apt-get (yum is the default choice). But one might choose to make a donation via PayPal to show thanks. You also have the option of paid support if desired, but this is not a requirement for support or updates.

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What would be the biggest weakness of CentOS compared to RH?
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None really, CentOS is 100% binary compatible with RHEL version for version. However if the maintainers of CentOS are overloaded work wise things might be a bit slow (why some updates might take a few days [rarely happens BTW]).

[quote]The biggest strength?[/quote]

See above, it is also compatible with other 100% binary compatible 'RHEL clones' like Scientific Linux and Whitebox for examples