[CentOS-devel] Defining what CentOS is

Mon Dec 22 16:53:55 UTC 2008
Ned Slider <ned at unixmail.co.uk>

Dag Wieers wrote:
> Hi,
> We discussed this on #centos after yet another "centos" user had problem 
> using yum. What is missing is a page targetted at 
> integrators/distributors with a list of requirements for using the 
> "CentOS" product name or even saying it is derived, based or build on 
> CentOS.

This issue crops up often on the forums too.

> We might be able to kill more than one bird with a single stone, so I am 
> looking for more things we want to prevent distributors/integrators doing 
> without making it impossible for them to use CentOS altogether.
> My first concern was the support problem, what do we (at minimum) expect 
> to have when users say they have a CentOS. A working yum using the CentOS 
> official repositories, a minimal set of official packages (which ?).

Cases seen on the forums often involve non-existent or broken yum and/or 
custom a non-CentOS kernel. Those users tend to get pointed to the 
BrokenVserver Wiki page. So an unadulterated working yum and CentOS 
kernel as a starting point?

> Without complying to the list of requirements, they may not refer to 
> CentOS (and people will not have the wrong expectations for support).
>  	http://wiki.centos.org/About/CentOS-product-definition
> Feedback please ?