[Beowulf] [External] RIP CentOS 8 [EXT]

Michael Di Domenico mdidomenico4 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 13:00:08 UTC 2020

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 5:45 PM Lance Wilson via Beowulf
<beowulf at beowulf.org> wrote:
> Rolling is not ideal when you have to compile software against the installed libraries or kernels. If you have or are running Arch Linux you will know what I'm talking about. There are regular niggles with things, especially with compiling your own software that needs recompiles pretty regularly. It is very strange they have gone from stable controlled releases to basically the complete opposite.

<mild sarcasm> welcome to devops and the world of continuous
integration :)  no point in actually testing anything when you have
2wk release cycles </mild sarcasm>

> I'm actually grateful though to have such a strong reason to move on, as we have had quite a number of issues with Redhat support where bugs can't/won't be patched. Also if we move to Ubuntu or Debian we will be much closer to the development environments for most of our researchers.

I feel your pain.  unfortunately my organization is not able to switch
off redhat to something else, but we've seen an increasing number of
bugs (security and others) where redhat just won't provide a fix.  and
i'm not talking about mild things, things with actual CVE's

This whole centos debacle definitely reeks of IBM to some extent,
where there's no such thing as a free lunch.  but it would have made a
lot less people angry if they'd just let centos 8 run its course to
2029 and come out with a new product called streams.  then everyone
can have more than 12mos to change they're entire organization around
or not

i have no doubt there will be centos clones come to the market, it'll
be interesting to see if they get more adoption then devuan has so far
or whether they'll remain niche.  redhat certainly shook the market
with systemd and now this, i wonder if this is enough to start pushing
people away from redhat products or whether we'll start to see more
adoption of bsd in the future

redhat doesn't own linux, i wonder if people are starting to get fed
up with them thinking they do

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