[olug] CentOS Dead?

Chad Homan choman at gmail.com
Mon May 16 17:34:21 UTC 2011

I have no doubt this will be an interesting converstion / thread.  Perhaps
those more in tune with
CentOS can fill in the gaps.  But anyways, so I came home for lunch and  saw
this on distrowatch:

[image: CentOS] <http://distrowatch.com/centos> The fans and users of
the most popular among the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clones, are
slowly coming to a realisation that the project is grappling with serious
troubles. As six months have passed since the release of RHEL 6 without any
sign of CentOS 6, some are wondering whether they might not be better off
using the "other" RHEL clone -
Scientific<http://distrowatch.com/scientific>Linux. Greg Smith
summarises his feelings in "The
rise and fall of
"If I needed a sign that it was time for me to start installing Scientific
Linux 6, this week I found it. Any long-time user of RPM-based distributions
has probably used a package from a Dag Wieers repository at some point. ...
Well, that party is over. Last week Dag publicly announced that he was
resigning from CentOS development work, seemingly over the development
team's communication issues. In the comments there, Dag specifically
suggests Scientific Linux as the right distribution to move to now, saying
that 'their process is more open and the people are actually friendly to
feedback.' If a tight development group has enough resources to keep its
users happy, so long as the end result is open-source I'm not going to knock
the process that got there. But when your release is at least four months
later than it was expected by most people, and you're causing major
community contributors to abandon your project in a bad way, I don't have
any choice but to start looking into more open projects."

Let the conversations begin ;)


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