[CentOS] Thanks (was re: Neosurge.com)

Sat Apr 30 14:56:28 UTC 2005
Johnny Hughes <mailing-lists at hughesjr.com>

On Sat, 2005-04-30 at 07:05 -0400, Mark Weaver wrote:

> John,
> I just wanna say THANK YOU for the AWESOME distro and keep up the 
> fantastic work. CentOS 4 is definitely without a doubt the most 
> rock-solid, outa-the-box distro I've ever used. And I'm loving every 
> minute of it. I've even managed to get my boss hooked on it and now our 
> linux machines are being converted to CentOS. :)
> In the near future I'll be converting all my servers on my network to 
> CentOS and will absolutely be recommending CentOS to clients.

Thanks ... :)

I want to make sure that everyone knows this is a team effort. There are
10 developers in 3 versions (2.1, 3.x, 4.x) and 6 arches (i386, x86_64,
ia64, s390, s390x, ppc).  Not all of these are currently released, but
the ones that aren't are under continuous development.

The whole team deserves a lot of thanks for their efforts behind the
scenes, especially Pasi Pirhonen.  Pasi is doing 3 arches (ia64, s390,
s390x) on two versions (3.x and 4.x).

The current team is:

John Newbigin (2.1 i386)

Lance Davis (3.x i386 ... overall CentOS Project Lead)
Seth Vidal (3.x i386)
Will Dinkel (3.x x86_64)
Tru Huynh (3.x x86_64, i386)
Pasi Pirhonen (3.x ia64, s390, s390x ... even some i386, x86_64)

Johnny Hughes - (4.x i386, x86_64, helping on ppc)
Karanbir Singh - (4.x ppc, helping on i386, x86_64)
Pasi Pirhonen - (4.x ia64, s390, s390x, helping on ppc)

Also not tied to any one distro / arch is:

Donavan Nelson - CentOS web site designer / maintainer / webmaster
Russ Herrold - Server Administration / Security / infrastructure support

All these guys, and some others like Rick Graves, Matt Shields, and
Barrie van Burk, have all contributed (and still contribute) much time
and effort to make CentOS a successful and free project.

All that being said, for CentOS Project to be able to do some of the
things we need to do, we need cash and resources.  That's just how it

CentOS is and always will be a totally free community project.  People
may download and use CentOS however they see fit.  We would ask that if
you use it, and if it is a good quality product that meets your needs,
that you donate somehow to the CentOS Project.

Some people have donated servers on high speed connections (which we use
for the CentOS Network where yum/CentOSNetwork-Applet/Up2date point by
default to get updates ... and we just recently moved the main website
to a new donated server), other people have donated the use of hardware
so that we can develop some of the non standard distros on (ppc, etc.).
If you can make this type of donation, it is greatly appreciated.

Another way that you can help is to donate money to our project.  This
is the way many of the major community Linux projects are funded ...
including Debian, Ubuntu, Slackware, Gentoo, Knoppix, Mepis, etc.

Other opportunities also are being started to help the project and other

1. If you are a CD distributor and would like to be on this page
( http://www.centos.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=24 ), a
donation of $1 per CD/DVD set sold will get you there. Contact Lance
Davis (lance_at_centos.org).

2.  If you are a consulting/service company that does CentOS installs
and support, and if you want to be listed on this page
( http://www.centos.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=12 ),  a
donation of 5% of your CentOS related work revenue will get you listed
as a support partner.  Contact Lance Davis (lance_at_centos.org).

3.  If you can donate a server on a high speed network (minimum 160gb
drive space, 10 mbit/sec minimum connectivity, unlimited traffic,
preferred). Then you can be on this page
( http://www.centos.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=15 ) of the
CentOS site. Contact Lance Davis (lance_at_centos.org).

We have established a donation page
( http://www.centos.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=23 ) where we
accept payments in USD, EUR, and GBP.  We have also come up with
suggested amounts depending on your usage. See the page for details ...
but the suggest amounts are:

USD:  24 / 20 / 15 / 8
EUR:  18 / 15 / 12 / 6
GBP:  12 / 10 /  8 / 4

(those suggested amounts are for <10 / <100 / <1000 / >1000 installs

Just some numbers about CentOS:

Amount transfered from the CentOS Network last month: 16.15 TB ....
DVDs/CDs downloaded via Bittorrent in the last month: 23,000 (47 TB).  

Our web ranking on Alexa is currently 41,757 (3 month), 36,247 (1
month).  How does that compare with some other sites:  Slackware -
56,903, Ubuntu - 23,475, Debian - 6,029, RedHat - 3,043, DistroWatch.com
- 24,954, Mepis - 60,374, Gentoo - 15,238, Knoppix - 42,899, White Box
Linux - 263,141 ... (lower is better).  Over the last 3 months, our
average has moved up 128,111 positions and our reach per million
internet viewers is up 443%.

As always, donations (and amount of the donation) are absolutely
voluntary.  Please enjoy our product, and help us make it better :)

Johnny Hughes
CentOS-4 Lead Developer
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