[CentOS] Challenging times in trying to access oracle Linux documentation

Sat Feb 6 20:22:21 UTC 2021
Jonathan Billings <billings at negate.org>

On Feb 5, 2021, at 23:24, Frank Cox <theatre at sasktel.net> wrote:
> We'll see discussion of Rocky Linux and Oracle Linux ramping up on this mailing list over the course of the next year for the above reason.  You can stamp your little feet and say that such things don't belong here, or the better option is to read what you're interested in and participate in the discussions. Ignoring anything non-Centos and reading only Centos-specific threads will likely be possible too if you really insist since a majority of posters will probably put "Oracle" or "Rocky" or something like that into their subject lines anyway.

That’s a poor argument,  you’re basically telling people that you can post about any topic unrelated to CentOS, and people can just read the CentOS related ones.  1.) you assume people will clearly label their off topic threads and 2.) as we’ve seen, those off topic threads often weave in and out of on-topic threads until a moderator tells you to take it to another venue.

 You’ll dilute the usefulness of this list to the point that it will be worthless for people who are interested in CentOS topics.  You want a generic rhel clone list?  Create one and post an announcement about it. If you want to talk about Rocky or Oracle Linux, use their lists. This list is for CentOS.

I’m not thrilled with the direction CentOS is going, but I’m not going to poison the wells and salt the earth.  The CentOS list has value for on topic conversation.

> Again, Centos/Rocky/Oracle all share a similar-to-identical codebase, so most of what's applicable to one will likely be applicable to all so I don't see it as being a big deal.

Perhaps there are going to be similar codebases, but the infrastructure and politics around each will vary widely.  If you have a question that is codebase specific, then just ask it without talking about the distro it came from, but as soon as it becomes clear that it is infrastructure related, keep it on the appropriate list. 

Jonathan Billings