I'm thinking of projects that equip RH-like EL in general for serious
entry into the enterprise, things like the Fedora Directory Server, and
RedHat's Emerging Technologies projects such as Cobbler, FreeIPA and
Ovirt. Also JBoss middleware.
A lot ( if not all ) of these are going to be in CentOS soon, in a lot
of cases we hope they are better integrated into the CentOS ecosystem
being in the CentOS Repo's - eg the CentOS DirServer has been in the
testing repo for a bit, and the same with
What we are ( inside the CentOS Team ) hoping to achieve is a good mix
of people contributing to both the Enterprise Users ( and they are such
users themselves ) and to specific industry segments where CentOS has
been popular ( eg. the Virt SIG ).
And since its CentOS, we focus on the Enterprise Stream of products as
much as possible, and even go directly upstream in cases where we need
to ( eg. Mysql in CentOS4/5 is the Enterprise Release from mysql, not
the community release that Fedora and RHEL build with ). That then opens
more doors for support options for people who use these builds and we
hope improves and creates options for people who self-support.
And we do consider the self-support users to be the core of what is
CentOS today and the community around it- like this mailing list, the
forums, the irc regulars etc.
If you truly look at the entire setup ( eg. the php5.2 conversation
recently, the fact that CentOS DirServer is around, that an IcedTea
varient has been in CentOS already - the availability of DRBD for years
out of the stock repo's ), its quite a well formed out ecosystem ( in
your words), and one that we would like to promote and build further.
When I say 'we', I hope to include all the users and abusers of CentOS
- Maybe some of them will agree!
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