The first thing that everyone will want to know is : when will centos-6-beta come out. Well, it wont be for a while. The reason is - this is a public beta, you can get it directly from Red Hat, and we want you to do that. Beta test the Red Hat builds, report issues and bugs at http://bugzilla.redhat.com/ and make sure you follow their rhel-6-beta list. And do this because, we all want a better upstream product.
So where does this leave CentOS and CentOS-6-beta ? We will setup a build process for CentOS-6-Beta, and we will go through the process of putting out a new release, across a restricted number of machines so that people can also test our builds, however we want the focus of this testing around CentOS-6-beta to be the packages we need to change, modify and adapt for CentOS. The core packages and testing should still be focused on RHEL-6, since a better upstream product helps all of us, and a large number of issues reported against CentOS-6-beta will almost certainly be pushed upstream.
<@z00dax> and since this is a major release, remember that there will
be a centos6-beta release first
I am sure lots of people want to know - so here is a quick status update
about 6.0 build.
Over the next 2 days, we are going to clear out all patches and ensure
all patched packages build and link correctly. That would then complete
the package 'tree'. As soon as that is done ( good place to check is
look at the AuditStatus page in the wiki, but I am hopeful we can get
this done for Monday the 17th close of play ). The only major time
consuming process is getting the anaconda patches in, including the
language and url remapping stuff; most of the rest should be fairly
quick working through if its a few people working on it.
The actual distro build process has already been tested, although with a
smaller and incomplete tree. With the complete tree in place, we can
then get the package policy in place ( as in what rpm makes it to which
media disk etc ), and fire up a distro build.
What happens at this point is that the QA team get access to the output
from the distro-build process; and they need to go through the motions
of making sure its-all-good. This is also the stage where the release
notes get setup, and the translation teams goto work on their stuff.
A thumbs up from the QA team means the content is then passed onto the
infra team and we move to release.
[Although the CentOS 5.6 build is taking priority, CentOS] [i]6.0 is slowly moving along.
Many people consider it[/i] [to be] [i]paused[/i] [but] [i]it's not. It's not moving[/i] [at] [i]full steam[/i]
[ahead] [i]but ticking along nicely.[/i] [It may be available to the QA team] [i]within three weeks[/i]
[but] [i]as you know, slippage can happen at any stage. So we try not to commit to a schedule[/i]
[because people will undoubtedly plan around it. The time-frame for CentOS] [i]6.0 might
slip with even minor issues.[/i]
[In conclusion, I would not expect to see CentOS 6.0 released until late March or early April.
So the advice is not to formulate plans based on my guestimate but, instead, hope for the
best whilst being prepared for the worst.]
6.0: Due to time issues, I'm not updating the Audit Status page  at the
moment. However there has been movement on the CentOS 6 build-front.
I think I'll leave updating that page until 4.9 and 5.6 are out of the door.
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