[CentOS-devel] CentOS 5 Beta Initial Test Release

Thu Feb 22 10:06:31 UTC 2007
Jason_Meers <Jason_Meers at mv-online.co.uk>

Hi my name is Jason Meers.
I am Head of IT for one of the largest privately owned companies in the 
UK. My users are all Windows/Office/Exchange users however 80% of my 
network runs on Linux. Approx 95% of our workstations run the 
"ThinStation" thin client operating system (which I help develop; mostly 
fixes to other peoples code) to connect to Citrix or Win2003 Servers. 
All of the "glue" in my network runs on CentOS on mini-itx hardware or 
disk-on-chip. Our exchange servers are actually Scalix running on Centos 
(but you would never know) and all of the e-mail routing for the UK is 
done with Exim on CentOS (I run a website for Exim users, write 
tutorials and have written a book about opensource e-mail which is being 
published this year). The NCC (National Computer Centre in the UK) used 
my network as a basis for some of their papers on Linux which led to 
successful implementations of open source in UK local government.

I will be doing a lot of work with SMTP/IMAP/POP3 over the next few 
months and will be producing a CentOS based minimal-mail-server-cd with 
Karanbir later this year. I also have hardware that needs better QA this 
time round (It was impossible to boot/install some versions of 4.x on 
VIA EPIA mini-itx hardware, and 3-Ware escalade RAID controller support 
stopped working in some versions of the 2.6 kernel last year). I have 
also just become an author for a UK based Linux magazine.