[CentOS-docs] Installing CentOS - user feedback

Tue Aug 18 14:01:03 UTC 2020
Rich Bowen <rbowen at redhat.com>

On 8/17/20 7:34 PM, Manuel Wolfshant wrote:

> Leaving that aside, AFAIK the main web site is not under community 
> control. It was taken over by RedHat eons ago ( not that it was 
> accessible for us, the members of the CentOS teams, before that anyway ) 
> and I bet that there are most 5 people who can modify it. If memory 
> serves I am part of the wiki translation team for 12 years or so and 
> AFAIK none of those who can edit the wiki had ever had any sort of 
> influence on the pages published on www.c.o. We actually had to _beg_ to 
> have links in the main website point to the wiki ( which _was_ under our 
> control ) so that we could publish information we thought that 
> could/would be useful for the users.

FYI: Anyone can submit pull requests at 

> In an ideal world, we would have some sort of AJAX that would 
> dynamically describe each and every iso link on the main pages of the 
> web site. But that's a job for web designers and content publishers. I 
> fully recommend to whoever will be tasked with this project to look at 
> the wiki maintained by the arch community. THAT is how things should be 
> done, from my point of view. And, with all due respect, I mean that as 
> opposed to access.r.c and www.r.c which are awful to navigate unless you 
> know exactly what you want.. and sometimes not even then.
> wolfy
> PS: I created the very very first 0_README.txt file that is now included 
> in the isos/$ARCH folder. A file which usually is ignored for the simple 
> reason that end users almost never reach it but whose content should be 
> published BEFORE the users attempt to download an iso.
>> The full message follows:
>> >>
>> I stumbled on your address on a Centos Faq page. I hope you can give me
>> some sort of answer.
>> I have been searching for a way to ask a question, but have not located
>> a forum. As I am fairly new to Linux generally, I am exploring
>> varieties, and Centos surfaced as an interesting option. But, again, I
>> have a problem no one else considers worthy of asking or answering: how
>> do I choose? Apparently the user in the download directory is supposed
>> to know what they are looking for.
>> When I followed the link to "download CentOs", I chose a link with
>> ".iso" on it. This opened another page, so I picked another likely
>> candidate. I went four or five branches deep before I gave up. I have no
>> idea why I would want one branch or the other. Should I just leave
>> CentOs to the experts?
>> I really wish that on the home page there was a specification for "user
>> level". Do developers assume that the user is expert, and that someone
>> who is not qualified will get exhausted and go away? It seems very
>> unkind to make that assumption and not say so. If I am not the intended
>> user, please tell me! Otherwise, could someone please explain how to
>> choose which version of CentOs to use?
>> If you could forward this letter to someone who can take the time to
>> answer my question, I will be grateful.
>> <<
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