Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:31 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Red Hat CentOS, with almost 30% of all Linux servers. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux-derived distro is #1 according to Web Technology Surveys.
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RE[4]: Really a good distro
by nt_jerkface on Wed 28th Jul 2010 04:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Really a good distro"
nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

You don't see anything wrong with citing a single delayed desktop browser update as indicative of the overall timeliness of updates from a server centric distro?

How about at least a more relevant update like a vulnerability in openldap?
https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0543.html

Oh look at that issued the next day on CENTOS:
http://lwn.net/Alerts/397020/

Based on the same sample size that Caitlyn used maybe I should conclude that Cent delivers updates within 24 hours of RHEL.

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RE[5]: Really a good distro
by gnufreex on Wed 28th Jul 2010 13:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Really a good distro"
gnufreex Member since:
2010-05-06

Do you ever research when you post?

From wikipedia:

CentOS RHEL

5.5 CentOS 2010-05-14 RHEL 2010-03-31
5.4 CentOS 2009-10-21 RHEL 2009-09-02
5.3 CentOS 2009-03-31 RHEL 2009-01-20
5.2 CentOS 2008-06-24 RHEL 2008-05-21

More over here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CentOS

It is almost always more than one month, and sometimes close to 2 months. It looks like you are one having vendetta... against Red Hat... and there is probably again your old vendetta against GPL. You even admitted that in previous posts.

PS: As for LWN.net alerts, alert gets you nothing without patch. You only know that there is a problem, you still need to wait patch to come in CentOS.

Also note that LWN.net news are only accessible to paid LWN.net subscribers of in first 7 days. After 7 days expire, everyone else sees the news.

Edited 2010-07-28 13:12 UTC

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RE[6]: Really a good distro
by TechGeek on Wed 28th Jul 2010 14:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Really a good distro"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Dude, those are major point releases. Those are complete rebuilds of every package from source. Plus testing. That's a hell of a lot of difference than how long a single patch takes to make it through. Also, critical patches issued during that period bypass the process and are pushed out immediately. The only thing that is lagging is that Red Hat has gone SO long between RHEL 5 and 6. But RHEL 6 is going to have a heck of a lot of major changes from 5. Many major subsystems were replaced since RHEL 5.

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RE[6]: Really a good distro
by nt_jerkface on Wed 28th Jul 2010 16:54 in reply to "RE[5]: Really a good distro"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Those are major updates, not critical patches.

All Caitlyn cited was a delayed Firefox patch for her netbook which is too small of a sample size to substantiate her argument. She should have taken the last 10 critical updates and then taken an average of the delay time.


against Red Hat... and there is probably again your old vendetta against GPL. You even admitted that in previous posts.


Oh I openly don't like the GPL but I could care less about Red Hat. I think their support is a rip compared to Oracle but they produce a decent distro.

My issue with the GPL is not that it requires the source to be open but more the ideology that comes with it.

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