Just wanted to confirm if we can install packages released by RHEL into CentOS or Vise versa if the versions are same for packages? We are using rhel 7.2 and centos 7.3 in 2 diff product and i wanted to have single patch every month which fixes the vulnerabilities for both the OS version.

  • Anecdotally, I have discovered some differences in the way binaries are compiled. For example, some commands may have curses support on RHEL but not on CentOS. The two operate like one another, but there are subtle binary differences. Jan 9, 2017 at 18:34

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You might be aware that CentOS Linux distribution is a platform derived from the sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). So, packages taken from Centos repo should work on RHEL and vice versa if versions are same.


Note that if you install anything non-RHEL into your supported RHEL installation, you may lose official support. A CentOS package installed on a RHEL system will not be supported by Red Hat.


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