[CentOS] EXTERNAL: Re: [CentOS-announce] Release for CentOS Linux 8 (1911)

Wed Jan 22 16:06:22 UTC 2020
Wells, Roger K. <ROGER.K.WELLS at leidos.com>

On 1/22/20 10:53 AM, Johnny Hughes wrote:

On 1/16/20 5:03 PM, Gianluca Cecchi wrote:

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 11:08 PM Peter <peter at pajamian.dhs.org><mailto:peter at pajamian.dhs.org> wrote:

On 17/01/20 8:06 am, Lamar Owen wrote:

On 1/16/20 6:49 AM, Peter wrote:

On 16/01/20 4:14 am, Brian Stinson wrote:

Release for CentOS Linux 8 (1911)

We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 8.

CentOS 8 was released in September 2019.  Don't you mean 8.1?

No, they mean CentOS 8 (1911).  This was hashed to death back in early
CentOS 7 days, so shouldn't need rehashing again......

No, the hashing ove back then had nothing to do with dropping the minor
release number.  Doing that now is just making things way too confusing.

Back then the vast majority of the community showed disapproval for even
that new naming scheme, but the wishes of the community were ignored and
the new naming scheme went ahead anyways.  I doubt anything different
will happen now.

Yeah, I know most people are going to call it 8.1,

That's because it *is* 8.1 and calling it 8 (1911) is just confusing and


I think that the e-mail subject of the announcement could be a bit
Also for 7.x the subject for the latest one, posted by Johnny, was:

"Release for CentOS Linux 7 (1908) on the x86_64  Architecture"

Actually at CentOS 7 time, after some discussions, developers accepted to
have both "numbers" inside release information.

For example on running systems you have

- for 7.x
On 7.6:
# cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core)

# lsb_release -r
Release: 7.6.1810

On 7.7:
# cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 7.7.1908 (Core)

# lsb_release -r
Release: 7.7.1908

And this has been maintained in 8.x too:
On 8.0:
# cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 8.0.1905 (Core)

# lsb_release -r
Release: 8.0.1905

On the just released 8.1
# cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Linux release 8.1.1911 (Core)

# lsb_release -r
Release: 8.1.1911

This is acceptable in my opinion from a final user point of view

I'm not sure but possibly the origin of the loooong discussion thread was
this one from Karanbir, if interested:

Let's just say this:

We are ALWAYS going to officially call the releases:

'CentOS 8 (1911)' and 'CentOS 7 (1908)'

We are going to do it regardless of who does like it or who does not
like it (myself included).

It is just the way it is and how it will be.  It has been this way since
the original CentOS 7 release and it is not ever changing.

Johnny Hughes

don't forget the contents of /etc/redhat-release:

cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS Linux release 7.7.1908 (Core)

sorta official?

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