Looking for some help here... fortunately, I have not switched my sites off my hardened, secure, and extremely stable IIS7.5 server however, to save some monies I thought I would go on the cheap and give Linux a try.
I have two choices CentOS and Fedora, I choose CentOS 5.7 for my trial run on a local machine using the server build to sandbox the migration of one of my sites. The nightmare begins: PHP not support, needed to upgrade which after trial and error accomplished that. Next, MySQL that comes out of the CentOS repositories is a version that has not been supported by Oracle since they gave up using smoke signals to communicate. And the problem began.
There is no way to simply upgrade MySQL to the latest 5.3 stable build as, CentOS apparently releases on server package and simply walks away from it (to be expected since it is free which, is why I support Microsoft products as, their developers are always out in the wild keeping pace with the times).
So, my simple question for those in the forums that swear by OpenSource, is there any real documentation available to upgrade the CentOS 5.7 server build to bring it out of the stone-age and into the age of "framework" which is what everyone seems to be big on these days, or is CentOS simply a piece of crap and I should try Fedora?
Thank you for your time as, I have progressed from the PHP needs to be upgraded screen (via WordPress install) into a plethora of other interesting yet, very informative error screens via, WordPress...