We are now deciding between 2 VPS web hosts. One is set on using CentOS 3.8 while the other's default install is CentOS 4.
1. Can anyone shed some light as to the pros and cons of 3.8 vs 4? We ran into a password issue where one host's setup allows users to log in to WHM and Cpanel using only the first 8 out of 10 characters of the password field. Not sure why this is but another user pointed out that it may be related to the host using 3.8?
2. With the host that is set on using 3.8, is this a concern for future growth?
Both are reputable companies and have good reviews here.
This is not a post meant to point fingers, we are in the process of deciding our VPS host and want to learn as much as possible to help us make the decision.
We are comparing WHM/Cpanel VPS hosting from 2 of our shortlisted companies.
I would personally go with CentOS 4.x, since its more up to date, has the latest and greatest packages (the latest and greatest you're going to get with CentOS). The only reasons I could see using CentOS 3.8 would be legacy applications that *WILL* not work in CentOS 4.x.
While I believe the 3.x series is still recieving proper attention with regard to security updates it is likely not to do so for as long as the current (4.x) line.
You will find a number of apps/components less up-to-date (featurewise rather then securitywise) on 3.8, though for most purposes the difference will not be hugly significant.
It would be worth asking the other host if they can offer 4.x - it is not unlikely that they are happy to install an alternate Linux variant on your VPS, especially if you are taking an unmanaged service.
Thanks for the replies. The current host is intending to stay with 3.8 and has no plans to upgrade. I wonder if this is something to be conerned about for future growth? I am hoping that when they begin offering higher versions, they will allw users to migrate over?
My only conern at the moment is that with our current setup, we can log in to WHM & Cpanel with only the first 8 characters of the password even though we have set a much longer password field. Not being a technical person, I am actually pretty surprised that this is happening. Am I over reacting?
So I guess I need to make a decision. After weeks of researching, I thought I found a great web host. Well, they still are with the majority of our issues. Just the authentication issue. What a pity. Is it really time to search for another host? Come on! Not again!