[CentOS] Has REDHAT EL 5 been released?

Matt Shields mattboston at gmail.com
Fri Mar 30 06:01:18 UTC 2007

I get tired of stupid people who ask stupid questions very easily.
You're right I can't control what people ask, but it would be nice if
they searched the message boards, mail lists or home page before
asking.  And yes it has been asked numerous times and answered.  Since
you're new to the list I would expect you do the same before you ask
any question, not just when CentOS5 is being released.  And there is a
post on the homepage about CentOS5 Beta.  Don't you think it would be
logical that when CentOS5 is released that would be updated?

This is what happened when CentOS4 was released.  But what was really
annoying with RHEL4/CentOS4 was, RHEL4 was release the first day of
LinuxWorldExpo Boston 2005 and I literally had over a thousand people
who kept asking every day of the trade show was CentOS4 ready yet.
RHEL4 had just been released an everyone expected immediate results.
This is an Open Source project, not a business.  OS projects don't
have hard set release schedules, it's when the volunteers can help
they do.  Why can't people just wait?  The beta is available if they
want to play with it, but even if CentOS5 was released today pushing
it into production so quickly isn't a smart thing to do.

So it's been two weeks since RHEL5 came out and he could have figured
that out on his own.  I could understand if it's been more than a
month and CentOS5 hadn't been released, but give the developers a
friggin break it's been two weeks.  They will announce it when it's

Here's something everyone should read before they post to a question
to a mail list or forum.
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html   Point number 1.
Try to find an answer by searching the archives of the forum you plan
to post to.


On 3/30/07, Miark <mlist at gardnerbusiness.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Mar 2007 00:10:27 -0400, Matt wrote:
> > Second, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm getting tired
> > of people asking this list over and over when CentOS 5 will be
> > released.
> You must get tired easily. I've been on this list for about two
> weeks now (basically since RHEL5 came out) and I've only seen
> this question asked a few times. Regardless, since you can't
> control what other people know and/or ask, I suggest you learn
> to deal with it.
> > Considering that no one is getting paid to do this, this is
> > something that the developers do in their spare time. They
> > probably have full time jobs, so give them a break or give
> > them a hand.
> He never suggested that the developers were too slow, that they
> should devote more time to it, that they should devote less
> time to their real jobs, or any other criticism. It was an
> innocent question, so why don't you give Indunil a break?
> > If you're not helping out don't waste the developers time by
> > nagging them.
> I didn't see him demand that a "developer" answer the question.
> And since it was his first time asking, how does that qualify as
> "nagging"?
> > Instead of asking when it will be released, be patient and
> > keep an eye on the CentOS website or sign up to be notified of
> > news articles on the CentOS website.  I'm 100% sure that when
> > it is released there will be some sort of announcement.
> Software releases often have a release schedule or goal; in the
> absence of one on the CentOS site (no, that's not a criticism)
> it's quite natural that one would join the forum and ask.
> I hate to cross words with someone so early in my subscription
> to this list, but dude: chill!
> Miark
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