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From Rohit Yadav <>
Subject [VOTE] Remove el6 support in future CloudStack versions (was Re: [DISCUSS] Remove support for el6 packaging in 4.13/4.14)
Date Tue, 21 May 2019 09:40:01 GMT

Thank you for your feedback and discussions. From what we've discussed so far, we've lazy
consensus that nobody wants to use el6 or are limited to upgrade to el7/el8 due to potential

Moving forward I put forth the following for voting:

- Next minor/major releases (such as, will be last ones to support el6
packaging both for the management server and KVM host, but users are discouraged from using

- Next major release ( will document in its release notes that we'll stop supporting
centos6/rhel6 packaging in future versions, i.e. 4.14 and onwards

- After is released, we will remove el6 related specs, packaging scripts etc. from
the codebase in the master branch

[ ] +1 approve
[ ] +0 no opinion
[ ] -1 disapprove (and reason why)

** PMCs kindly add binding to your votes, thanks.



Rohit Yadav

Software Architect, ShapeBlue

From: Erik Weber <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 19:32
To: dev
Subject: Re: [DISCUSS] Remove support for el6 packaging in 4.13/4.14

CentOS7 was released 5 years ago, upgrading is long overdue anyway.
Realistically the next CloudStack release won't be out the door for
another ~4-6 months either.


On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 3:27 PM Ron Wheeler
<> wrote:
> According to
> CentOS 6 EOL is 2020
> CentOS 7 EOL is 2024
> +1 for removing support for CentOS 6.
> As Erik pointed out the sites running CentOS6 will have to move soon in
> any event and it is probably better to do it now when there is still a
> lot of current expertise and information available about how to do it
> and how to make any changes to applications.
> Upgrading in a project that is under your control is usually easier than
> one forced on you by a security issue or an operational failure.
> Ron
> On 4/24/19 3:24 AM, Erik Weber wrote:
> > As an operations guy I can understand the want for future updates and
> > not upgrading, but with the release plan of RHEL/CentOS I don't find
> > it feasible.
> >
> > RHEL6 is 8 years old (and is still running kernel 2.6!) and isn't
> > scheduled to be fully EOL until 2024.
> >
> > It is true that upgrading requires some effort (and risk) from
> > operators, but this is work they eventually have to do anyway, so it's
> > not a matter of /if/ they have to do it, but rather when.
> >
> > It is also true that current CloudStack releases should continue to
> > work, it's also possible that someone might back port future fixes to
> > a RHEL6 compatible fork (you're more than welcome to).
> >
> > I'd vote +1 to remove support for el6 packaging.
> >

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