So is there a repo that would give me tomcat 8 and apply updates as the repo get updated? (kinda want to avoid custom built components as much as possible.)
If there is a repo with tomcat 8 in it I'm not sure which repo it would be in.
There are 4 different repo's that I know of.
RPMForge is now RepoForge. Aside from that there is Epel, Remi and Atrpms repositories.
Have you tried yum install tomcat8
I could only find tomcat 8 as a direct Download.
Also i want to use the latest version of the OS.
When you perform a fresh installation of CentOS and you run the first update the os should be comptlely up-to-date.
I not on a server so I won't be much help there.