[CentOS-devel] Defining what CentOS is

Tue Dec 23 00:07:36 UTC 2008
Karanbir Singh <kbsingh at centos.org>

Dag Wieers wrote:
> We have a document for users were we urge them to harass the integrator 
> already. But I think it makes more sense what we expect from integrators 
> than to proxy-by-user without any guidelines.

yes. Also, the page we point people to at the moment is focused around 
VPS's - which are a large part of the culprits, but might not be the 
whole set. I wonder if there is an easy way to identify the other 
'culprits' ( for the lack of a better term ), and maybe have specific 
wiki pages that address their own 'special' case.

> Right, and then we get complaining users asking us why they can't do this 
> or that and then this is because their yum is broken by design. Or they 
> have no security updates. And what happens on the forums/IRC, they get 
> told they are NOT using CentOS.

'using CentOS' or 'using something derived from CentOS' or 'using 
something that includes portions of CentOS' could potentially be very 
different from each other.

> You get 2 parties hating each other and the guilty party earns the cash 
> and maybe doesn't care :)

ok, so a two pronged approach - one targetting the providers, and focus 
on best practises and another set of wiki pages, working on a 'recovery 
path' that users of these setups might be able to walk through to bring 
their machine upto a stable status.

It can, ofcourse only be a best effort from the CentOS side of things - 
eg, you cant 'fix' a OpenVZ install, its not going to work if you fix it 
all the way. Neither is a Plesk or cPanel install. If you 'fix that' the 
product itself stops working. What we could do is make the situation 
clear to both sides, and give them both material to work with.

my 2c worth.

Karanbir Singh
CentOS Project { http://www.centos.org/ }
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