[CentOS-devel] progress?

Fri Feb 18 17:32:27 UTC 2011
Dag Wieers <dag at wieers.com>

On Fri, 18 Feb 2011, Les Mikesell wrote:

> On 2/18/2011 10:47 AM, Dag Wieers wrote:
>> It's been almost 2 years I left the CentOS team because I couldn't defend
>> the CentOS project anymore. The only thing solved was the ownership of
>> the CentOS name and domains, but all the other problems regarding code
>> transparency, trust-issues, missing or delayed updates, governance,
>> adding more people for redundancy, where the considerable ad income is
>> going, etc...
>> But I am preaching to the wrong choir, because you obviously know all
>> this.
>>       http://dag.wieers.com/blog/leaving-centos-team-not-centos-community
>> At least with your involvement I am confident CentOS 4.9 will not be as
>> late as CentOS 4.8 was. (And this time I am not being cynical)
> Have you attempted the same involvement with SL? Or considered building
> a non-scientific respin of their version?  (Basically backing out their
> changes...).  Given the economic environment, maybe it would be good if
> they had some volunteer backup.

Hi Les,

I recently became a dad, am renovating a house, am involved in a few Open 
Source projects already, so the little time I have left I would like to 
spend wisely ;-) Although I would support any initiative to bring more 
competition into the RHEL rebuild market.

My opinion has always been that more competition is good for CentOS and 
for its users, compare the current situation with when Whitebox and Tao 
Linux were still around and you could feel the positive influence of the 
competition (the race to be the first to release was one of them).

That's why more transparency from CentOS regarding to buildtools, changes 
and processes (including an open QA process) would be a much better 
approach in the long run for everyone involved than a closed and protected 
process with less than a handful of people at the center and the large 
community in the dark.

Although I do understand that some people prefer to keep the control and 
power over things, I just do not agree with it.

-- dag wieers, dag at wieers.com, http://dag.wieers.com/
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