[CentOS-devel] Update: State of CentOS Linux 8, and CentOS Stream

Rich Bowen

rbowen at redhat.com
Tue Jan 14 18:57:28 UTC 2020

We wanted to update you on what is happening, largely out of sight to 
most of the community, on the CentOS Linux 8 front. We have appreciated 
the patience of the community, but we understand that your patience 
won’t last forever.

A lot of the work in rebuilding RHEL sources into CentOS Linux is 
handled by automation scripts. Due to the changes between RHEL 7 and 
RHEL 8, many of these scripts no longer work, and had to be fixed to 
reflect the new layout of the buildroot. This work has been largely 
completed, allowing us to pull the source from Red Hat without a lot of 
manual work. This, in turn, should make the process of rebuilding RHEL 
8.2 go much more smoothly than RHEL 8.0 and 8.1 have done.

Once 8.1 has been released, work will begin on bringing this new 
codebase, along with CentOS Stream, in to CBS 
(https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/CommunityBuildSystem) so that SIGs can 
build packages for CentOS Linux 8 and CentOS Stream.

We will discuss this, and give updates of progress, on the centos-devel 
mailing list over the coming weeks. Some of you have observed that the 
CentOS team tends to prioritize doing the work over talking about it. 
While that’s not all bad, it does tend to leave most of you in the dark 
as to what it is that is being worked on, and we’re committed to greater 
transparency going forward.

Once again, we appreciate your patience as we work through the growing 
pains of the 8 branch. We hope to share a more detailed (projected) 
timeline in the days to come, with the caveat that timelines always 
change as they are being worked.

Rich Bowen - rbowen at redhat.com
@CentOSProject // @rbowen
859 351 9166

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