[CentOS] Any update on 5.6 / 6?

Wed Feb 16 16:15:13 UTC 2011
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 02/16/2011 09:03 AM, Larry Vaden wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 7:11 AM, Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
>> Because they also have $dayjobs too ... Oracle (with billions of dollars
>> and unlimited machines and personnel) just released their el6 on Friday.
>> Is there some reason you can't buy RHEL6?
> Johnny et al,
> If ya'll are masochists (as might be indicated by the turning off of
> even the donation input if I understand correctly), then hit DELETE
> now.  Of course, like Dennis Miller, I could be wrong about that.
> You hear/read quite a few folks saying the equivalent of something
> like "corporations favor subscriptions over donations.'
> Give them a chance to put their money where their mouth is :)
> A friend at FedEx told me yesterday they buy the $8600 licenses from
> Redhat and the $10K plus licenses from VMware and feel good about it
> because there is a team taking care of their security at the OS level.
> While it wouldn't produce "unlimited machines and personnel," if you
> could find a wordsmith/lawyer on the list or elsewhere who is willing
> to pro bono wordsmith "subcribe/donate" in a fashion acceptable to the
> CentOS core team, thus keeping you folks happy that you are only
> getting donations rather than subscriptions, it seems like you could
> at least raise enough money for a couple of the fastest machines known
> to man to help with the builds.

The problem will be that if you PAY anyone for doing things, everyone
wants to be paid.  (Remember the Ubuntu fiasco with getting a release done).

The CentOS Project can not afford to hire and pay someone a full salary
to do nothing but CentOS full time.  If the project could do that, then
they would.  But, if they did hire said person, then what would the
OTHER volunteer guys do?  Why would they stay around if "Billy Bob" is
getting paid for his work?

If we could hire 3 or 4 people (and provide any kind of reasonable job
security for their future), that might be an option.  Otherwise I think
injecting a limited amount of cash into the process just produces hurt
feelings and degrades, not improves, the process.

That is just one thought ...

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