[CentOS-devel] CentOS stream meeting - update

Rich Bowen

rbowen at redhat.com
Tue Oct 8 15:37:59 UTC 2019

Last week a group of Red Hat engineers, management, and members of the
CentOS and Fedora communities, met at the Red Hat office in Boston to
discuss how to implement CentOS Stream and formally kick-off the
project, which, as you are aware, was announced the week before. Many
details that were omitted in the original announcement were debated, and
we came to an agreement on much, but not all, of these things.

First of all, I want to ask that you be patient with us. Changing the
way that the hundreds of people on the RHEL team do their work is going
to take time. Developing the tooling to make everything work perfectly,
and in an automated fashion, is also going to take time. And some of the
things that were proposed to the Board will end up changing, based on
what doesn’t work, and on the feedback from you, the CentOS community,
as well as Red Hat’s customers and partners.

A central point of discussion was ensuring transparency. We want to move
the RHEL development more into the public, and CentOS Stream is the
cornerstone of that.

CentOS Stream will be a rolling preview of what is happening in RHEL
development. This will allow you to experiment with the next version
before it releases, and ensure that what you are working on will work,
day one, when the next minor release of RHEL is announced.

SIGs, too, will be able to build and test against this preview, so that
when the next minor release comes out, there will be no surprises.

We are working on a FAQ to answer what we anticipate will be at the top
of everyone’s mind, but I’ll address a few questions that we’re already

Q: How many streams will there be? Will there be a stream for 8 and
another for 9?
A: When the development for RHEL 9 begins, the stream for 8 will end. We
plan to have a one-year overlap, to allow for transition from one stream
to the other. But we do not intend to keep the 8 Stream going for the
entirety of the RHEL 8 support window.

Q: How can I contribute changes?
A: This is still being worked on, and we ask for your patience as we
work towards this. This is indeed a goal, but getting the stream itself
working perfectly must happen first. Meanwhile, we’re working with the
RHEL engineering team on a process where contributions from the
community can be considered as part of their regular development
workflow. The last thing we want is to set an expectation that we cannot
meet, so we want to ensure that we have a workable process before we
start asking you for contributions.

We encourage your further questions, and look forward to figuring out
with you how to make CentOS Stream successful for all constituents.

Rich Bowen: CentOS Community Manager
rbowen at redhat.com
@rbowen // @CentOSProject
1 859 351 9166

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