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CentOS 5.3 - Serious Linux for serious people

Aug 22, 2009, 12:04 (2 Talkback[s])

"It's a distro that you will most likely run without any GUI, reboot once every other year or so, if that, and upgrade only when you really must, since the inclusion of even simplest binaries could be dreadfully risky for your setup.

"CentOS is a distribution that deals in long-term stability and security. Branched off as a free version of the vastly popular RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS is everything the most important server distribution is, except the expensive, official support from the vendor. Speaking of support, CentOS 5.x versions, which are all based on RHEL5.x versions, are going to be supported until 2014, a total of seven years since the major release launch in 2007.

"Essentially, CentOS will be your virtualization server, your mail server, your DNS, FTP, LDAP, and who knows what else. It will probably never play any music or videos or interface with Windows machines. No fancy Flash, camera support or anything of that kind. Essentially, that is. Until someone like me decides to break the rules."

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