1. Draft Version - not for official PR
1.1. some needs
Pictures - a picture tells more that 1000 words. So, if anybody have pics from events please link here or send it e.g. to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Philosophy - what is CentOS? why
- When was CentOS found? What was the intention?
- how big is the community?
- Who is in the Core Team?
- name 3 major projects CentOS is involved? national / international
- How many Downloads or sold CD/DVD Images has CentOS since maybe CentOS 2? Statistics
- What are the plans in the future (besides the Releases...)?
- Are their plans in Cooperation with other projects or Business-Cases or so?
1.2. Textversion (without Pics & stuff)
1.2.1. CentOS : Community ENTerprise Operating System
CentOS exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform to anyone who wishes to use it. CentOS 2, 3, and 4 are built from publically available open source SRPMS provided by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policies and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.). CentOS is designed for people who need an enterprise class OS without the cost or support of the prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor with red hats.
Neither the CentOS Project (we who build CentOS) nor any version of CentOS is affiliated with, produced by, or supported by the prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. Neither does our software contain the upstream vendor's product ... although it is built from the same open source SRPMS as the upstream enterprise products.
The CentOS Project is the name of the Organization that produces CentOS. We are not a part of any other organization.
1.2.2. CentOS Goals
Our purpose is to provide stable Linux solutions for organizations and individuals who do not need strong commercial support to achieve successful operation.
To meet that overall goal, we strive to achieve:
- easy maintenance
- self hosting distribution (one that can build on itself)
- suitability for long term use in production environments
- friendly environment for users and package maintainers
- long-term support of the core
- active development
- community infrastructure
- open management
- open business model
- commercial support - offered by partner vendors
CentOS uses the original sources whenever possible. Under normal circumstances CentOS will NOT add patches to original upstream source packages. The vast majority of changes made will be made to comply with the upstream vendor's re-distribution policies concerning trademarked names or logos. Any other changes made will be spelled out in the Release Notes for the individual CentOS product.
There are some people who work very hard for the project in many areas:
Ralph Angenendt (CentOS Wiki Master) Lance Davis (CentOS Project Leader CentOS 3 i386 Arch Lead) R P Herrold (Security and Infrastructure Support) Johnny Hughes (CentOS 4 i386 x86_64 Arch Lead) Tru Huynh (CentOS 3 Package Maintenance) Matthew Martz (Mirror Administration) Donavan Nelson (QA and Web Guy) John Newbigin (CentOS 2.1 Lead) David L. Parsley (Contributor) Jim Perrin (CentOS Extras Maintainer) Pasi Pirhonen (CentOS 3 and 4 IA64, s390(x) Arch Lead)
Karanbir Singh (CentOS 3 and 4 PowerPC Arch Lead) Seth Vidal (CentOS 3 Package Maintenance) Dag Wieers (Infrastructure Support and Event Advocacy)
1.2.3. How it works?
It works as all other Linux Distributions free to use, but with the Enterprise features of a great commercial Distribution...
1.2.4. some pictures...
found one "Ralph Angenendt zu centOS (Picture by Jens Kubieziel) " on Flickr. need permission to use > Please contact.
- other Events
1.2.5. some pressreleases...
- scans from magazines, etc.