Enterprise Linux for the community. I was pretty closely involved with the CentOS dev team for a few years, and have used CentOS extensively since it’s birth in early 2004. This section tends to collect hints, tips and best practices around managing CentOS in the real world.
Red Hat and CentOS are ubiquitous, ultra-reliable, and stable. However that safe, predictability comes at a cost - particularly if you’re a Python programmer. Python 2.4, the standard distributed Python in Red Hat and CentOS is getting a bit long in the tooth. It was released in 2004, and was followed by 2.5 in 2006, and 2.6 in 2008. Python 3.1 is the current version (backwards-incompatible), and was released this summer. However, Red Hat uses Python exstensively as its system scripting langauge, so any upgrades of Python need to be handled carefully.