1. CentOS Mailing Lists and Posting Guidelines
The primary language of CentOS email mailing lists is English. If you don't speak English, there are several non English mailing lists, see below.
Participants of any CentOS support venue: the mailing lists, IRC, the forums, are expected to maintain a reasonable standard of civility and netiquette when participating.
All public mailing lists are archived and those archives are searchable - there's a search box in the upper left corner on each of the lists listinfo page. If you have privacy concerns, please do not post publicly.
Trim! Quoting should not exceed that which is necessary to convey context, this is especially relevant to members subscribed to the digested version of the list.
This of course means no top posting either. Edit your replies; if people need more context they can go back into the mailing list archive themselves.
The use of HTML is strongly discouraged. Signatures should preferably be short and to the point, and those containing 'disclaimers' should be avoided where possible.
Attachments should be avoided whenever possible. It's better to put it on the interweb and provide a link. There is a size limit of 40k on the main mailing lists.
Vacation messages, and other automatic replies, should be carefully configured to avoid replying to list postings. Offenders may be excluded from the mailing list until the problem is corrected.
Do not cross-post the same content to more than one mailing list, whether both are CentOS lists, or a mixture of those from CentOS and another project. Again, this is an abuse of the service, is rude, and will not be tolerated.
2. Main Lists
- This is the main mailing list of the CentOS project - and normally the list to ask your questions on (or answer questions of others if you can!)
- All announcements regarding CentOS are sent via this list - announcements being security advisories or release infos. This mailing list is "read only" and has a low traffic volume. If you're running a server and are concerned about security, you probably want to read this list.
- List where all updates to the Continuous Release repository are announced. The CR repository keeps your applications updated to the next point version of a CentOS version during the phase that the next point version is built, but has not yet been released.
This list is a discussion list about the current and further development of CentOS. If you have questions regarding CentOS, please use the main centos list - this is strictly about development. See also the Contribute page
This list is for discussions about this wiki and CentOS related documentation. See also the Contribute page
- This list is for people running a CentOS mirror - or for those who want to do it. Again: No general questions about CentOS here, ask in the main mailing list.
- This list is for announcements of mirror status, mirror issues, pending releases and so on. It's a very low traffic list for people running a CentOS mirror. This is not a discussion list, use the CentOS-mirror list for discussion about public mirrors.
- This list for discussion about Events, Gatherings and (LUG) Meetings where CentOS is or should be presented. Other promotional issues like marketing (and marketing materials) are also discussed here
- This list is for discussion of virtualization on CentOS, as well as discussion related to the virtualization SIG.
3. Localized (non-English) lists
CentOS-de This list is for general discussions about CentOS in the German language. This is the list to ask your questions on when you want to do that in German.
CentOS-fr This list is for general discussions about CentOS in the French language. This is the list to ask your questions on when you want to do that in French.
CentOS-nl This list is for general discussions about CentOS in the Dutch language. This is the list to ask your questions on when you want to do that in Dutch.
CentOS-es This list is for general discussions about CentOS in the the Spanish language. This is the list to ask your questions on when you want to do that in Spanish.
CentOS-cz This list is for general discussions about CentOS in the Czech language. This is the list to ask your questions on when you want to do that in Czech
CentOS-pt-br This list is for general discussions about CentOS in Brasilian Portuguese. This is the list to ask your questions on when you want to do that in Brasilian Portuguese.
There also is a Japanese mailing list which does not run on lists.centos.org and so is not an official CentOS venue.
There is a policy page for creating and running new lists, especially lists in other languages.