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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
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.
Major point releases? You can call them that way, but RH call them minor releases. Major release is RHEL6 or RHEL5.
Then there is minor releases, 5.x and what you call minor releases are in fact micro releases (that's how Red Hat is calling it), little updates with some fixes. Those come to centos quicker than minor releases but not that quicker. CentOS is late about 7 to 15 days with micro releases. It still needs a fair amount of testing to maintain 100% RHEL compatibility.
But don't get me wrong, that is not bad thing. I would hate to see it come out same day as RHEL and then make some problem or even bork my server.
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.