[CentOS-devel] CentOS Plus: Valuable or wasted resource?

Thu Sep 10 14:59:51 UTC 2009
Tim Verhoeven <tim.verhoeven.be at gmail.com>

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM, Ross Walker <rswwalker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is CentOS Plus really necessary?
> The reason I ask is it seems it is there to provide additional kernel
> modules not included in the base repo that could be added to 'extras'
> as kmods.
> Now I know there are some who would like to boot off of fireware
> drives and such, but is it worth the development effort having a
> separate kernel tree that, frankly is always behind, needs extra
> resources to maintain and offers little over standalone kernel
> modules?
> The resources and time that go into maintaining CentOS Plus could go
> into improving and maintaining the few add-on kernel modules and
> keeping up with security and bug updates.
> Let outside repos provide custom kernels.

First, the CentOSPlus is more then just the modified kernel. Stuff
like the RHWAS stuff will also end up in CentOSPlus when its released.
It is basically a place where we put all things that conflict with the
things in the base OS repo.

Secondly, the kernel itself is maintained by Akemi who is also part of
the Elrepo team that builds kmods. So you can choose between
installing kmod or using the centosplus kernel. And there are thing
done in the centosplus kernel that can't be done using kmods. But I
will let Akemi fill in the details.

So, the same person doing the CentOSPlus kernel is also doing kmods.
There is no waist of resources :-)


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