The versatile advantages of NVMe are becoming increasingly apparent in modern storage systems. You can take advantage of them in the cloud.
SELinux can be such a nuisance. In particular, if you have a newly created file system, you will need to add labels to it, also known as SELinux security contexts.
Good ol’ fashioned cron can greatly simplify system maintenance.
As zero-day exploits become increasingly common, keeping the kernel up to date is a top priority.
In CentOS 6.x/7.x and RHEL 6x./7.x, upgrading the Linux Kernel is a painful procedure which requires about a dozen steps. On Fedora, all it takes is a time-saving two-liner. You don’t need to concern yourself with the configuration of the grub boot manager, which is a frequent source of trouble on CentOS and RHEL.
If you launch an instance from the official CentOS or RHEL 7.x AMI on AWS, you will be running kernel 3.1 as of this writing. That’s not a good idea. You can easily take advantage of improved security features of newer kernels that are already available in a stable release. The renowned Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman released the Linux Kernel 4.14.15, which includes important fixes for Spectre & Meltdown. Here is how to update your Linux kernel from 3.1 to 4.16.11 in place.