[CentOS] https://blog.centos.org/2020/12/future-is-centos-stream/

Tue Dec 8 16:25:27 UTC 2020
Lange, Markus <M.Lange at dnb.de>


this is really bad news.

Back in 2014 [1], sadly no one at RH seems to remember...

"Some of the things that are not changing:
- - The CentOS Linux platform isn't changing. The process and methods
built up around the platform however are going to become more open,
more inclusive and transparent.
- - The sponsor driven content network that has been central to the
success of the CentOS efforts over the years stays intact.
- - The bugs, issues, and incident handling process stays as it has
with more opportunities for community members to get involved at
various stages of the process.
- - The Red Hat Enterprise Linux to CentOS firewall will also remain.
Members and contributors to the CentOS efforts are still isolated from
the RHEL Groups inside Red Hat, with the only interface being srpm /
source path tracking, no sooner than is considered released. In
summary:  we retain an upstream.

Feel free to reach out if you have specific concerns about how this
change impacts your CentOS story. URLs mentioned at the bottom of this
email should be a good starting point."

Crossing fingers that alternatives emerge soon.

Best regards,


On Tue, 2020-12-08 at 09:06 -0500, Rich Bowen wrote:
> The future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream, and over the next 
> year we’ll be shifting focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red
> Hat 
> Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream, which tracks just ahead of
> a 
> current RHEL release. CentOS Linux 8, as a rebuild of RHEL 8, will
> end 
> at the end of 2021. CentOS Stream continues after that date, serving
> as 
> the upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
> Meanwhile, we understand many of you are deeply invested in CentOS
> Linux 
> 7, and we’ll continue to produce that version through the remainder
> of 
> the RHEL 7 life cycle. 
> https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/errata/#Life_Cycle_Dates
> CentOS Stream will also be the centerpiece of a major shift in 
> collaboration among the CentOS Special Interest Groups (SIGs). This 
> ensures SIGs are developing and testing against what becomes the
> next 
> version of RHEL. This also provides SIGs a clear single goal, rather 
> than having to build and test for two releases. It gives the CentOS 
> contributor community a great deal of influence in the future of
> RHEL. 
> And it removes confusion around what “CentOS” means in the Linux 
> distribution ecosystem.
> When CentOS Linux 8 (the rebuild of RHEL8) ends, your best option
> will 
> be to migrate to CentOS Stream 8, which is a small delta from CentOS 
> Linux 8, and has regular updates like traditional CentOS Linux
> releases. 
> If you are using CentOS Linux 8 in a production environment, and are 
> concerned that CentOS Stream will not meet your needs, we encourage
> you 
> to contact Red Hat about options.
> We have an FAQ - https://centos.org/distro-faq/ - to help with your 
> information and planning needs, as you figure out how this shift of 
> project focus might affect you.
> [See also: Red Hat's perspective on this. 
> https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/centos-stream-building-innovative-future-enterprise-linux]
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