[CentOS-devel] CentOS 8/7.7

Lamar Owen

lowen at pari.edu
Tue Sep 10 19:44:58 UTC 2019

On 9/10/19 2:51 PM, victor mason wrote:
> ...When you have a ton of people depending on you you have a 
> responsibility to them. They put their trust in you the least you can 
> do is be open with them. ...

Thanks for the compliments.  In my opinion, the devs owe me nothing; 
they choose to build packages that I use for no cost, and I am free to 
use them, or not use them, as I so please.  Now, my experience is that 
the CentOS devs go out of their way to let us know what's going on most 
of the time; when the workload gets large, the news of what's going on 
slows down, and I don't have a problem with that. I'd rather they work 
on the project than on communicating with me, but that's just my 
opinion.  And, if you think that's stupid, or idiotic, or moronic.... 
well, ok, I have been and will be called worse.

Depending upon a gratis project for non-gratis purposes has its 
downsides and its risks, and those risks should be accounted for in any 
business plan depending upon a gratis project, whether that be CentOS or 
Debian or whatever.

Now, on the other hand, I do pay RH for a subscription.  Now things 
change; there is a very well-written document that defines their 
responsibilities and mine, and the liabilities that go along with those 
responsibilities.  No such agreement exists between me and the CentOS devs.

But, again, I've found the communication very good with a few 
exceptions, and I've come to expect those exceptions.  A new major 
release is one area where the communication rate is going to go down, 
and I think that's fine, as long as the release is solid, and I trust 
the team enough to know that will be the case.  This is not my first rodeo.

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