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CentOS5 in production?

CharlieBeBop asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Would you use CentOS5 in production for LAMP?
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It really would depend on the production, your SLA's you need to meet and other factors.

CentOS's commerical support page isn't filled out, so where I come from, this would not be acceptable for production. In order to make it through our change management boar, commerical support must be available at a minimum of 8x5 on non-critcal and 24x7 on mission critical.


I have been using CentOS 4.4 and pretty happy with it.  CentOS released not long ago and I have 1 server running it and quite happy with it too.  Personally I prefer 4.4 but it is always advisable to move to the newer version since older ones will slowly reach their end of life.


I would say CentOS is an excellent distrobution for a production server. CentOS is just
Redhat Enterprise server but with a different name.

I have also seen CentOS in a lot of production environments.

Difference between CentOS and Redhat is that there is no dedicated support for your server
unlike Redhat


Was specifically asking about version 5, we use CentOS 4 a lot in production.


CentOS version 5 is better that version 4 as there a new and improve features for managing
services and SELinux.

Have a read of the link below as the features in Redhat Enterprise 5 apply to CentOS 5



Enhancements to SELinux was one of the reasons I was looking at 5.x

I was kind of weighing that in to see if it was worth jumping on a possible compatibility problem with 5.x
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we have used centos 5 for our new file server. It also has built in virtualization. So far i have liked it and its running without any problems. We run quite a few services on it. I have got our LDAP-samba server, wiki, dns, dhcp, timesheet, apache. bugzilla and some other services running and so far no glitches.


What do you use for LDAP, Fedora Direcory Server or Open LDAP?

I have used openldap

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