One of the great thing about CentOS is it’s long term support / lifecycle. But this come often with a lack of new software and end even with unsupported version, such as PHP5 for an example.
While Centos8 sound like to be at the bleeding edge, because it is the new kid in town, in 5 years this story would probably repeat itself and users would prefer to have PHP9 over PHP7.
So I’m thinking what’s about creating Nethserver 8 with 3rd parties repo for packages like Apache, PHP and MariaDB so it will not age too badly.
Example of aging
not aging too badly HestiaCP took this way by installing package from 3rd parties.
aging badly let’s talk about Yunohost which have a hard time to let go PHP 7.0.
It’s probably require a tighter follow up between minor update but would be probably a smaller step when would be time to jump in Nethserver 9.
SysAdmin/Power User perspective
This obviously my point of view and I’m definitely not a coder/developer but from a point of view of a SysAdmin/Power User that sound great.