Drama for CentOS

This doesn’t look good:

This is an Open Letter to Lance Davis from fellow CentOS Developers

It is regrettable that we are forced to send this letter but we are left with no other options. For some time now we have been attempting to resolve these problems:

You seem to have crawled into a hole … and this is not acceptable.

You have long promised a statement of CentOS project funds; to this date this has not appeared.

You hold sole control of the centos.org domain with no deputy; this is not proper.

You have, it seems, sole ‘Founders’ rights in the IRC channels with no deputy ; this is not proper.

When I (Russ) try to call the phone numbers for UK Linux, and for you individually, I get a telco intercept ‘Lines are temporarily busy’ for the last two weeks. Finally yesterday, a voicemail in your voice picked up, and I left a message urgently requesting a reply. Karanbir also reports calling and leaving messages without your reply.

Please do not kill CentOS through your fear of shared management of the project.

Clearly the project dies if all the developers walk away.

Please contact me, or any other signer of this letter at once, to arrange for the required information to keep the project alive at the ‘centos.org’ domain.

It’s too bad that the only way to find out that your leader is a megalomaniac & a control freak is through experiences like this. No project this size should ever operate where one person has sole control of things like funds, domains, IRC channels, etc. That’s a big warning sign.

If I were using CentOS I’d be watching this closely, and taking a serious look at options for when the project dies.

4 thoughts on “Drama for CentOS”

  1. I’m using CentOS for a few lower-end projects at work — nothing production level — but this is still concerning. Deciding now how I’m going to tell management that we’ll need to spring for RH support, switch to Mac, or move all of those boxes over to Ubuntu.

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