Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 16:21 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Red Hat "We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-6.0 for i386 and x86_64 Architectures. CentOS-6.0 is based on the upstream release EL 6.0 and includes packages from all variants. All upstream repositories have been combined into one, to make it easier for end users to work with. There are some important changes to this release compared with the previous versions of CentOS and we highly recommend reading this announcement along with the Release Notes."
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RE: stay clear?
by TechGeek on Mon 11th Jul 2011 20:42 UTC in reply to "stay clear?"
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2006-01-14

Well the problem is that it isn't community driven. Its like 3 guys doing it whenever they feel like it. And they will tell you if you don't like it, tough crap. Fedora is community driven and they manage to put out a distro every 6 months. True they get a lot of support from Red Hat, but still. CentOS is used widely by ISP's while SL is used around the world. There are resources to make the whole process much faster and smoother if enlisted. The new project (wish I could remember the name of it) aims for 100% binary compatibility but with complete transparency in the process. Transparency is 90% of the complaints against the CentOS project.

Personally a lot of this would just go away if Red Hat started a license program for non-profits/academia and open source projects. Maybe its not worth their effort, but a lot of effort is spent creating clones so that must mean there is a need. Maybe something done like the Fedora project. A community based version of their enterprise OS could be a good thing for them.

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RE[2]: stay clear?
by brettlegree on Mon 11th Jul 2011 23:55 in reply to "RE: stay clear?"
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2011-07-11

I believe it is called Ascendos.

http://www.ascendos.org/

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RE[2]: stay clear?
by jwwf on Tue 12th Jul 2011 00:15 in reply to "RE: stay clear?"
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2006-01-19

Personally a lot of this would just go away if Red Hat started a license program for non-profits/academia and open source projects. Maybe its not worth their effort, but a lot of effort is spent creating clones so that must mean there is a need. Maybe something done like the Fedora project. A community based version of their enterprise OS could be a good thing for them.


In my opinion, this is not likely to happen because RH needs the community clones to exist, but it does not need them to be especially good.

They need to exist because without them (and with the official distro being entirely behind the paywall) not enough people would keep up the skills and "mind share" needed to keep the RHEL ecosystem healthy.

They don't need to be that great because it's a good sales tactic - "Call us when you're serious enough to pay for the real thing, with a real roadmap"

The real question, for me anyway, is did the current situation turn off enough people (ie, turn them on to Ubuntu or whatever) that the ecosystem was damaged? In other words, from a selling-RHEL perspective, is the good-but-not-that-good balance right? I don't know. I think it could be better. In the short term, the switchers are probably not the people they care about (the paying types) but in the long term, mind share might have gone down.

What I'd like to see is RH just making patches without any support free. But apparently their market analysis tells them no--otherwise they'd be doing it.

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RE[3]: stay clear?
by Elv13 on Tue 12th Jul 2011 03:14 in reply to "RE[2]: stay clear?"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

"Real roadmap"

RHEL6 itself was 2 years late

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RE[2]: stay clear?
by foregam on Tue 12th Jul 2011 11:33 in reply to "RE: stay clear?"
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2010-11-17

Well the problem is that it isn't community driven. Its like 3 guys doing it whenever they feel like it. And they will tell you if you don't like it, tough crap.

Quite. There're two insightful threads on @centos-devel from February and March. If you have the patience to go through all messages, you'll see things like
CentOS is for the community, it is not built by the community.

On documenting undocumented build-time dependencies ("we don't use any super magic juice anywhere"):
Red Hat did not tell me how to build it. The purpose of the CentOS Project is to produce an operating system that you can choose to use or not to use. It is not to tell someone else how to produce an operating system.

And the main problem with CentOS as I see it:
Have you ever considered the idea that the CentOS developer community are all people who have @redhat.com email addresses?

By 2011-03-10 CentOS 6 was supposed to be 30 packages away from ready. It took them another four full months to get it out the door. The devteam seems to have some very serious communication&community issues to handle.

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