Originally Posted by GoldCardWire
They are big companies and they take a lot of risk every time they add a new feature or version. Its better for them to be safe and wait for bugs to pan out before flooding the web with bad code.
I agree and am glad they do this. However with cpanel itself you need to be careful as well. I always use stable on auto updates unless there is something needed on newer versions and the times I have used even release I have ran into problems.
Stable software may sometimes seem old but as long as it is safe security-wise then it is best to go with it. Look at RHEL for example they would rather backport older versions of stable software then upgrade to the absolute newest version.
IN some cases you can run a server with all new version software but you will eventually run into some issues with bugs.
One good yum channel to use if you want newer version php and http software is Jason Litka's (google it) But wont help you none on cpanel as it doesn't use yum for that.
Speaking of cpanel it pretty much does have the latest versions of apache, php, and zend. But I do notice that when you do a fresh install one of the first necessary things is to do easyapache with apache 2.2 and php with most needed modules compiled in. Thew default Apache setup on cpanel is very minimal and by all means unusable in most shared hosting environments.