[CentOS-devel] CentOS Interoperability SIG

Tue Jan 28 21:46:22 UTC 2014
Clint Savage <herlo1 at gmail.com>

One of the major values of the EL rebuild ecosystem is the ability to
interoperate, or the ability to fork from the upstream. This provides
purpose in many ways, choice being the most heralded. Since the CentOS
community has teamed up with Red Hat to allow for Special Interest Groups
to join them, it seems that there might be a bit less of an ecosystem
available. The goal of the Interoperability SIG is to ensure that the
ability to fork and rebuild still exist.

Our communities already exist outside of the CentOS community purview. They
are currently the GoOSe Project[1] and the Ascendos Project[2]. This shared
community will serve as a "reference implementation", yet will still be
operated and marketed as a product and community separate from CentOS.
Consider it something of CentOS "embassy" of sorts.

It would seem that this SIG could be construed as contrary to the goals of
the CentOS project. However, we believe there is value added to the CentOS
project. We are interested in improving the CentOS community in at least a
few ways.

* Providing feedback and collaboration on common issues. Including, but not
limited to, reporting bugs, providing patches, discussing packaging
techniques, rebuilding variants, QA, ISO building, etc.

* Collaboration on documentation of the rebuild process, rebranding of
documentation, providing new documentation, etc.

* Build or maintain tools to ease rebranding of upstream packages as to
ease adoption by companies who build upon and release software based on

* Providing tools to help monitor statuses of builds, repositories,
releases, etc. Whether they be part of the CentOS community or otherwise.

With these goals in mind, we'd like to formally request an Interoperability
Special Interest Group within the CentOS community. Please let us know how
to further proceed.


Clint Savage

Lead Developer, GoOSe project

1 - http://gooseproject.org (#gooseproject on irc.freenode.net)

2 - http://ascendos.org (#ascendos on irc.freenode.net)
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