[CentOS-devel] Website Version 2, next steps

Fri Feb 18 08:41:52 UTC 2011
Ljubomir Ljubojevic <office at plnet.rs>

Guenther Boelter wrote:
> For somebody, he don't know the details, the CentOS-Project look a
> little bit dead. That's one reason, why here in asia so many people are
> using Ubuntu now, and that's really a pity.
> Imagine, the could use CentOS with the power of RedHat and they are
> using Ubuntu, that's not good ...

This is not exactly the reason. CentOS 5.x is not really suited for 
complete Desktop use. I had to add 100-120 packages to my repository 
from various sources and download locations, and even create ~50 
packages (for example latest Skype for CentOS 5.x and binding packages 
for Open Office 3.2 rpms). Also udev and a lot of other core components 
are too old for use with newer versions of important desktop applications.

Things will be changed when CentOS 6.0 becomes available. Much has 
changed in last 3-4 years in Linux desktop world. From new multimedia 
applications, to wine/wingames support and much larger and more complete 
hardware support. Even hardware manufacturers have adopted practice to 
take care about linux drivers.

CentOS 6.x will have modern kernel and core components, but it has 
stable enviroment and that will be it's booster amongst Desktop 
distributions. I've waited this moment in time for at least 2 years, for 
RHEL/CentOS to catch up with Ubuntu and Fedora, but to be rock solid. 
Modern but bug free, what using Linux should be all about. My belief is 
that release of 6.0 will be one of the most important moments in CentOS 
history, and will mark the time when it will start to be more rapidly 
adopted by general Linux population.