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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject Re: 4.2.0: Baseline CentOS6 as reference build platform
Date Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:05:01 GMT
Jim Jagielski wrote:
> So our options are:
>    1. We stick w/ CentOS5 as our ref build system for 4.2.0 but force
>       Gnome VFS.
>    2. We move to CentOS6, accept the default of GIO but understand that
>       this moves CentOS5 as a non-supported OS for our community builds.
>    3. Just as we offer Linux 32 and 64bit builds, starting w/ 4.2.0
>       we offer CentOS5 community builds (w/ Gnome VFS) IN ADDITION
>       TO CentOS6 builds (w/ GIO). (i.e.: 32bit-Gnome VFS, 64bit-Gnome VFS,
>       32bit-GIO, 64bit-GIO).

If the post on your web space spurs a debate, we can indeed let users 
choose; but if that doesn't come I guess we are simply left with the 
responsibility of choosing for them, and option 3 looks the best one.

In that sense, CentOS 5 is not only old but officially dead and 
unsupported. This should be taken into consideration, not only the 
number of users. That said, virtually any Linux distribution released in 
2011 or later (a huge period by Linux distributions standards) will be 
supported if we switch to CentOS 6 for "official" builds. Bugzilla link:

It seems reasonable to believe that we can offer CentOS6 builds from the 
download page and CentOS5 builds (in a "more unofficial" fashion, as we 
already did once in the past; and linked from the Release Notes but not 
from the download page) from a committer's home directory.


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