[CentOS] A request from the CentOS Project

Thu Apr 19 15:39:40 UTC 2012
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM, John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com> wrote:
> On 04/18/12 4:08 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> As I recall you weren't necessarily nice to anyone who suggested the
>> process of building CentOS wasn't perfect.   But now that it is, I
>> guess that doesn't matter.
> isn't that special. how passive aggressive of you.

I was mostly serious...   While there is never an excuse for being
rude on a public forum, and a warm/fuzzy community feeling is always a
good thing, the community doesn't have much to do with the reasons to
use or not use CentOS.   Unless your system is completely disconnected
from untrusted networks/users, what matters is whether you expect it
to still work a few days after the next security flaw in the upstream
code is publicized, protected by a simple 'yum update'.   And I do
expect that - now.

I'm always willing to answer even dumb/repeated questions politely if
it happens to be something I know, but the people asking a lot of
those questions would really be better off running SMEserver or
ClearOS if those distributions weren't hopelessly out of date.   If
the CentOS team really wants to help beginners, one way would be to
encourage respins that 'just work' in common configuration scenarios
with simple management interfaces on top of the reliable code base.

   Les Mikesell
      lesmikesell at gmail.com