[CentOS] A BIG Thank You

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Fri Nov 4 16:47:17 UTC 2005

On Fri, 2005-11-04 at 07:26 -0800, Robert wrote:
> } I agree with Pasi here ... by far, the biggest issue is the boring part
> } of the process.  (Release announcements, spinning and testing the
> } installs, maintaining the build machines in a pristine build
> } environment, comparing the linked libraries to upstream and
> } investigating/correcting differences, fixing things that are broken
> } {like the dhcpd and glade2 issues and before also thunderbird}.
> } 
> } I also think that we need to do the build process on local machines, as
> } that allows us more control over the private keys used to sign and
> } prevents accidental release of development files.
> } 
> } The biggest problem we have had during the last (2) CentOS-4 update
> } cycles is being able to handle the distribution load.  That is were we
> } can use some major help :)
> } 
> } Donations of large space (>200gb), fast connected (100mbit/1gbit to the
> } internet), unlimited bandwith (we served 24TB last 3 weeks) servers that
> } we can control would help the cause a great deal.
> } 
> } If you have a machine like that donate (especially Hosting Providers and
> } ISPs who are using a free enterprise level distro now in CentOS) please
> } see:
> } 
> } http://www.centos.org/donate/
> } 
> } [snip]
> great info gentlemen...
> one thing i was specifically getting at in terms of machine processing speed
> was this.....
> if machines for your _local_ use _were_ to be donated to the cause that
> would help decrease your compilation and other machine processing time
> factors.... umm what would you need compared to what you have now in and for
> the various architectures?
Well, I would love to have better / faster local build machines than I
have for x86_64 and i386 arches....

Currently I build i386 on a dual processor Xeon 1.8 machine and x86_64
on a single processor AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+

(both of which I provided myself, and are only used to build CentOS)

If someone wants to donate a top of the line multi processor Opteron box
for x86_64 and/or a nice new multi processor Xeon box for i386 ... that
would be fine by me :)

> i know there are folks out there that should and can afford to donate bigger
> better processors, i/o backplanes, and storage devices to the cause
> to me every little bit helps to an extent and so why not take advantage of
> it if possible?

We would certainly take advantage of it if something like that were
provided to build on as well, and it would be an appreciated donation.

BUT ... it would be much better overall for the project (and the CentOS
community) if we could get donations of fast and big boxes to distribute
the updates with instead.
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