[CentOS-devel] 5.6 impact on 6.0 Release plan

John R. Dennison

jrd at gerdesas.com
Fri Jan 14 05:37:07 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 10:59:10PM -0600, Hubert Bahr wrote:
> A different perspective.  RHEL-5, CentOS-5 no matter what point change 
> is essentially obsolete.  Thus the need for RHEL-6, CentOS-6 which are 

	Except for the whole "supported until 2014" thing.

> actually a couple of years late.  How much has changed form 5.5 + 
> updates to 5.6.  How many existing systems will use the iso's instead of 

	Many will for new installs / rollouts where network installs,
	cobbler, etc are not available to them.

> yum update.  Iso's are primarily used for new installs.  If I am making 
> a new install, am I waiting for 5.6 or for 6.x?  I had to leave CentOS 
> for many of my systems a couple of years ago because it did not support 
> the newer applications.  So 6 fills a void currently painfully handled 
> by Fedora instead of an enterprise class system.  Bug fixes are needed 

	Third-party repos provide *MUCH* of the functionality that
	Fedora provides; and don't bring the rolling target issues
	with them.

> by installed systems, they should be released as soon as the bug is 
> fixed.  Point changes are primarily a snapshot taken to speed up an 
> install on a new system not to update a current system.

	People are going to continue to install 5 until 5 is EOL.  That
	is still 4+ years out.  And as such they need ISO sets

	People, at least 2.5 million if the ip count that Karanbir
	has mentioned is accurate, use C5; expecting that all of them are
	going to leave 5 behind and use 6 is just silly.  *Many* people
	are locked into a platform for the life of that platform.  These
	are *existing* users, not those planning on migrating to 6
	whenever it is available.

Much of what looks like rudeness in hacker circles is not intended to give
offense. Rather, it's the product of the direct, cut-through-the-bullshit
communications style that is natural to people who are more concerned about
solving problems than making others feel warm and fuzzy.

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