The Gig of Ham

One geek's contributions to the series of tubes

Mar 13, 2011 - 1 minute read - linux sysadmin

Please stop developing for CentOS 5

Good gravy, this has been the bane of my existence of recent.  I get it, it’s got “Enterprise” in the title and makes you compatible with RHEL.  But, your kernel is SEVEN YEARS OLD. Hardware that was common place then is non-existent now and hardware that is common place now was poorly supported then (I’m looking at you, bnx2). We have better options out there now: Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Server LTS release on regular cycles and have much more recent kernels.  The LTS versions even come with the same 5yr lifespan for security updates as well. I know RHEL6 just shipped a few months ago, but CentOS 6 has not and do you really want to be in the same boat again in a few years? On top of that, CentOS/RHEL 6 use a dead-end replacement for init that everyone else (save Fedora) has already moved away from. Don’t get me wrong, I still like what RedHat as done and continues to do for the Linux community. I just wish they did it a little more frequently than every five years.