Weirdness at CentOS
Posted Jul 30, 2009 16:28 UTC (Thu) by djao
In reply to: Weirdness at CentOS
Parent article: Weirdness at CentOS
I agree the letter sounds bad, but after reading more, I'm not that worried.
It says on the front page, right next to the letter, "CentOS is not Dead or going away." Anyone who knows the least bit about how free/open source works knows that, if all the developers walk away as a group, the result is a fork, not a shutdown. There are rare exceptions in cases where the project is so bad that no salvaging is possible, but rebuilding and mirroring Redhat rpms is just fundamentally not that hard a thing to do. (I am not making light of CentOS's contributions, just saying this is a relatively known and manageable task compared to what some other community projects do.)
Worst case is, they'll move to another domain, everyone will have to edit their yum configuration to point to the new domain, and life will move on. Given that the nature of the complaint is Lance's inactivity, it doesn't seem that Lance is likely or inclined to actively sabotage the project, nor does he have the necessary bits required to do so (such as the GPG signing key).
For those sysadmins who are unable or unwilling to handle the dynamics of free/open source community projects, paid Redhat support is the best option, and indeed this is why Redhat exists.
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