wounded in the line of duty
There were no harsh accusations, I simply stated in what I thought was a private mail that the CentOS developers have been ignoring the real issues. Nothing new from what I wrote to the mailing list at least two times before. The fact this is represented wrongly, and regardless of the fact that I apologized for sending that mail to the list while it was meant privately, does not make any difference to what I wrote on my blog and the decision I have made.
The discussion is not about CentOS vs Scientific Linux either. Scientific Linux obviously has a more open process and does release everything they have built in Alpha, Beta and RC releases. And they have rolling releases to subscribe to. But even if Scientific Linux would be comparable, I don't think it's a very convincing argument, it doesn't make CentOS any less late, doesn't help for the future and is very unprofessional.
Besides, nowhere did the CentOS team acknowledge that releasing 3 months late (CentOS 5.6) or +6 months late (CentOS 6.0) might be just a tad of a problem. No instead they clearly stated that there is no issue, we can be late if we want to and it's free so you cannot complain.
For this specific thread, it is *very* clear that if they simply acknowledged the problem, like they did at the very end when they were put in front of hard evidence, the thread would be 4 posts long, but as usual there's a cover-up and a ridicule phase in everything brought up on the lists. It is a real shame.
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