[CentOS] Changes at Red Hat confouding CentOS (was: What happened to 6.1)

Tue Nov 15 22:16:05 UTC 2011
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 11/15/2011 06:56 AM, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Ljubomir Ljubojevic wrote:
>> Currently, CentOS build system should be in much better shape and we
>> will see how it will do for coming 6.2 point release (already in beta).
> Thanks very much for that.
> I found your account most interesting and informative.
> I guess one question that I've never seen raised
> is if there has ever been a suggestion that Centos and SL
> should combine, or at least work together?
> They seem to have exactly the same aim.
> I wonder why SL was set up,
> rather than offering to help the CentOS team?

We have discussed a merger, however; they add things to the install
discs that are not upstream that their users need ... we don't do that
(as one example).

We have different goals ... and for what SL rebuilds they want to be
100% binary compatible ... but they do not want their ISOs to necessary
be compatible (if, for example, they need openais and it is not upstream).

There is nothing WRONG with either approach ... they are just different.

> I saw statistics - I don't remember where - saying that
> CentOS had 30% of the Linux market,
> which I found very surprising, though also satsifying (to me).
> SL had a tiny share.
> (I remember now, it was someone complaining that Fedora's share
> was slipping badly.)


> I belong to what may be the silent majority
> who don't really care if CentOS is absolutely up-to-date.
> (As far as I can see, none of the changes in CentOS-6.1
> would make the slightest difference to me.
> I run CentOS on 3 home servers, and Fedora on my laptops.)
> I was very struck by the ease with which I upgraded to CentOS-6,
> compared with the nightmare (now hopefully over)
> upgrading from Fedora-15 to Fedora-16.
> It reminded me why I would never run Fedora on a server.
> To me, the reliability and solidity of CentOS are what I relish,
> and I'm very grateful to the CentOS team for their work.
> I don't mind them getting a bit crotchety at times!

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