On Feb 5, 2013, at 10:11 PM, Leon Timmermans
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 4:32 AM, Hilmar Lapp wrote:
>> Does anyone know what Ubuntu uses?
> 5.14.2, distrowatch is your friend ;-)
>> I've heard lots of other old version problems with CentOS.
> I know people who still use CentOS 4 in production :-|
>> 8 years is really old, and at some point I fear that weighing backwards
compatibility too much just holds us back in a real detrimental way.
> CentOS 5 is 6 years old (and will be supported another 4), but CentOS
> 6 is 'only' 19 months. perl missing a release in the 5.8-5.10
> timeframe combined with an unfortunate alignment of its release
> schedule with Red Hat's don't do us any favors here.
Right, it took ~8 yrs to go from 5.8 to 5.10. I'd like to point out that
Python users are in the same boat: the Python version for CentOS 5 is
2.4.3, and Biopython requires a minimum of python 2.5 (and recommends
We can always state that perl 5.8 is supported for the upcoming Bioperl
release, but we're dropping v5.8 support for any future releases.