CentOS 5.6 Finally Arrives: Is It Suitable for Business Use?

The CentOS project released CentOS 5.6 on Friday April 8 a mere five days short of three months since Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6. Meanwhile CentOS 5.x users have been without security updates, and CentOS 6 probably won’t roll in until RHEL 6 hits the six-month mark. Can the CentOS project be relied on for anything but hobby usage?

Once upon a time, the CentOS project looked like a great alternative to RHEL or Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for small companies or organizations that had little money to pay subscription fees. Binary compatibility with RHEL but a small lag in updates and no support — not a bad deal for cash-strapped organizations and users who want to be familiar with RHEL but don’t want to shell out upwards of $350 a year just for a RHEL subscription.

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