[CentOS] the future of CentOS

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Mon Mar 6 09:47:30 UTC 2006


On Mon, 2006-03-06 at 08:32 +0000, Joseph Haig wrote:
> Johnny Hughes wrote:
> 
> >On Fri, 2006-03-03 at 20:14 -0600, Dennis Gilmore wrote:
> >  
> >
> >>Once upon a time Friday 03 March 2006 8:08 pm, Alain Reguera wrote:
> >>    
> >>
> >>>Hello,
> >>>
> >>>I've been reading the CentOS's FAQs, and saw this:
> >>>How long will CentOS-4 updates be supported?
> >>>We intend to support CentOS-4 updates until Feb 29, 2012.
> >>>
> >>>Would someone tell me what will happen after that?
> >>>      
> >>>
> >>you upgrade to a newer version
> >>    
> >>
> >
> >Correct ...
> >
> >That is when the upstream provider stops doing updates ... so we also
> >stop doing updates as well.
> >
> >The entire CentOS-4 distro would then move to the vault
> >(http://vault.centos.org)
> >
> >By that time ... in 6 years ... there should be a CentOS-5 and CentOS-6
> >and CentOS-7 active (based on an 18 month release cycle ... that is
> >dependent upon the upstream provider).
> >
> >  
> >
> Regarding this, I know that CentOS 4 corresponds to RHEL 4 and CentOS 5 
> will correspond to RHEL 5, etc, but what do the minor version mean?  As 
> far as I am aware, there is no RHEL 4.0, 4.1 or 4.2.  

As you already mentioned ... in the CentOS X.Y notation:

X = major version (ie EL2, EL3, EL4)
Y = update set (ie 3.6 is EL3 update 6, 4.2 is EL4 update 2, etc.)

> Also, you mention 
> that the release cycle is 18 months.  When does that put the scheduled 
> release for version 5?
> 

The beta period for EL4 started on 27 Sep 2004 and EL4 was released
upstream on 14 Feb 2005.

Just for the record, 18 months from 27 Sep 2004 is 27 Mar 2005 ... but I
expect that EL 5 will probably be based on FC5 and not FC4.  FC5 was
delayed a couple months, so I would expect RHEL5 to be the same.  If
that is the case, expect an EL 5 beta to be released within a month of
the release of FC5.

The current expected FC5 release date is 15 Mar 2006.

All that said, EL5 Beta 1 could be released as soon as 15 Mar 2006 ...
it could also be delayed.

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes
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