... we have one specific need, postgresql 8.4 (because we have a large database on our server that is shared with all our customers and that is the latest that all can use).
Here are my real questions succinctly as I can put them, as I have not been able to see answers on the CentOS website or by browsing this forum:
1) Is CentOS a "release" or "rolling" based distro?
2) Can we "pin" versions of libraries?
3) Is it, how can I put this, a "good" developers system? I ask this because the distro we are currently using is now actively "discouraging" its use as a development platform.
4) Can I use an LXDE desktop? (That's a personal one. Seriously, I can no longer put up with the tripe* in both KDE and Gnome.)
* "fantastic desktop experience", "fantastic user experience", "bling", "poptarts" etc etc
5) Can it (yum) gracefully handle integration of SRPMS from external sources?
6) Toolchain versions, can we get and use different versions of autotools suite for different external sources?
# yum list gcc\* compat\*
Loaded plugins: changelog, fastestmirror, priorities, refresh-packagekit
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
gcc.x86_64 4.4.6-3.el6 @base
gcc-c++.x86_64 4.4.6-3.el6 @base
gcc-gfortran.x86_64 4.4.6-3.el6 @base
gcc-java.x86_64 4.4.6-3.el6 @base
compat-dapl.i686 1:1.2.19-1.el6 base
compat-dapl.x86_64 1:1.2.19-1.el6 base
compat-dapl-devel.i686 1:1.2.19-1.el6 base
compat-dapl-devel.x86_64 1:1.2.19-1.el6 base
compat-dapl-static.x86_64 1:1.2.19-1.el6 base
compat-dapl-utils.x86_64 1:1.2.19-1.el6 base
compat-db.i686 4.6.21-15.el6 base
compat-db.x86_64 4.6.21-15.el6 base
compat-db42.i686 4.2.52-15.el6 base
compat-db42.x86_64 4.2.52-15.el6 base
compat-db43.i686 4.3.29-15.el6 base
compat-db43.x86_64 4.3.29-15.el6 base
compat-expat1.i686 1.95.8-8.el6 base
compat-expat1.x86_64 1.95.8-8.el6 base
compat-gcc-34.x86_64 3.4.6-19.el6 base
compat-gcc-34-c++.x86_64 3.4.6-19.el6 base
compat-gcc-34-g77.x86_64 3.4.6-19.el6 base
compat-glibc.x86_64 1:2.5-46.2 base
compat-glibc-headers.x86_64 1:2.5-46.2 base
compat-libcap1.i686 1.10-1 base
compat-libcap1.x86_64 1.10-1 base
compat-libf2c-34.i686 3.4.6-19.el6 base
compat-libf2c-34.x86_64 3.4.6-19.el6 base
compat-libgfortran-41.i686 4.1.2-39.el6 base
compat-libgfortran-41.x86_64 4.1.2-39.el6 base
compat-libstdc++-296.i686 2.96-144.el6 base
compat-libstdc++-33.i686 3.2.3-69.el6 base
compat-libstdc++-33.x86_64 3.2.3-69.el6 base
compat-libtermcap.i686 2.0.8-49.el6 base
compat-libtermcap.x86_64 2.0.8-49.el6 base
compat-openldap.i686 1:2.3.43-2.el6 base
compat-openldap.x86_64 1:2.3.43-2.el6 base
compat-openmpi.i686 1.4.3-1.el6 base
compat-openmpi.x86_64 1.4.3-1.el6 base
compat-openmpi-devel.i686 1.4.3-1.el6 base
compat-openmpi-devel.x86_64 1.4.3-1.el6 base
compat-openmpi-psm.x86_64 1.4.3-1.el6 base
compat-openmpi-psm-devel.x86_64 1.4.3-1.el6 base
compat-opensm-libs.i686 3.3.5-3.el6 base
compat-opensm-libs.x86_64 3.3.5-3.el6 base
compat-readline5.i686 5.2-17.1.el6 base
compat-readline5.x86_64 5.2-17.1.el6 base
compat-readline5-devel.i686 5.2-17.1.el6 base
compat-readline5-devel.x86_64 5.2-17.1.el6 base
compat-readline5-static.x86_64 5.2-17.1.el6 base
gcc-gnat.x86_64 4.4.6-3.el6 base
gcc-objc.x86_64 4.4.6-3.el6 base
gcc-objc++.x86_64 4.4.6-3.el6 base
Thank you for those answers they helped a lot. I had spent some time browsing the wiki but just couldn't see the information in front of me.
I have now installed 6.2 on one of our spare machines and it looks impressive and so far performs well.
1) There is an Australian mirror at mirror.aarnet.edu.au which does not appear to be found by the yum front end. ... I have changed my /etc/yum.repos.d *.repo files to point directly at i
This is working well, but are there any disadvantages in doing this?
2) No LXDE is a shame, but I suppose I can get used to gnome Well actually, I see that openbox is available in the repos, since it is the base dm for LXDE I reckon I'll be looking to follow your suggestion of building it locally. (The framework is gdm=gnome, dm=openbox, desktop=LXDE)
As long as it stays available there is no problem.
All you have lost is redundancy in case of that site goes down. You can add additional URLs under baseurl with whitespace in front and specify "failovermethod=priority" if you want to manage the list yourself rather than trusting fastestmirror.
Good luck with that. Please start a new thread if you need help there.
I was "slyly" suggesting that the aarnet mirror get included in the mirror list. Not only for us local's financial advantage but also because the more hits aarnet gets and more appropriately, the more hits on the CentOS mirror then the more likely they get continued public funding to keep it "staying available". If you know what I mean.
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