[CentOS-devel] CentOS 5 ServerCD ?

Mon Nov 3 20:38:58 UTC 2008
Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org>

Dag Wieers wrote:
> Hi,
> I have been asked a few times about a CentOS 5 ServerCD. Is something 
> like this planned or simply impossible ?
> (Was reminded by this comment on LWN: http://lwn.net/Articles/304730/)

Some of the issues, of the top of my head :

1) Upstream now has a product called 'Server' and at the time we felt it 
might cause confusion to have a 'Server' that is not even remotely the 
same thing as upstreams 'Server'

2) ServerCD 4 to ServerCD(!) 5 upgrades required a ServerCD5 that was 
almost 900MB in size.

3) Since you can now have a finer level of package selection and 
installation control at install time, many people felt that the impact 
and use case for ServerCD was diminished.

4) Talk at the time of a CentOSPlus kernel based installed ( therefore 
xfs etc support at install time, additional drivers, perhaps some more 
userland stuff too ) might be a good idea, but that never got traction 
so we felt that if no one really cared enough to talk about it, perhaps 
no one really wanted it - or people already have process's in place that 
worked around the issue.

Finally, it wasent going to be possible to get the exact same usage 
scenarios covered in a single CD for CentOS-5 as it was for CentOS-4. 
Perhaps if there is enough interest we can revisit this situation and 
reconsider the issues. But thats just what the reasons are why there 
isnt a CentOS-5 servercd at the moment. Nothing stops that situation 
from changing within reasonable grounds.

- KB