Using CentOS 6.5, I'm working on automating the installation of a few run-time libraries (git, java, maven).
yum install X, I've noticed that the installed version (via
yum) may be earlier than the latest version available at the library's website.
The benefits of using a package management system are clear to me:
Package management systems are designed to save organizations time and money through remote administration and software distribution technology that eliminate the need for manual installs and updates. (source - Wikipedia)
yum, which offers easy maintenance of libraries (a hard task), always preferable to installing the latest library version?
Why would it be better to choose the latest version of library X than use yum?
I'm asking since the currently chosen path is to use the latest version over yum, but using yum seems to be the superior choice.