Originally Posted by smr54
The financial situation was resolved.
Whether or not they have put in safeguards to prevent it from reoccurring, I have no idea.
Also, just so it's clear to anyone reading this, it wasn't thievery so much as neglect, and as soon as it was made public, it was very quickly fixed.
Edit: See the open letter on the CentOS page, on the right side.
Prior to the resolution, one person owned I believe the copyright, domain name, and had the only login to the donations system, and he disappeared for two weeks. Sure if someone disappears, the project can fork, but as a user I don't want to deal with that. Which is why I stick to Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu, which are entities with some sort of official capacity and and method for reconciliation. Next time your in a datacenter that does hosting, look at how many of their servers run Centos and then imagine everything that could go wrong with a fork. I've never had any issue with Centos as a OS/software, however when planning what I will use in a company or for myself, I want to minimize my risks. Centos kernels are plenty up to date to even use the stuff at lesswatts.org and I will happily jump back on the Centos bandwagon when I agree with their structure which may or may not ever happen. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter. It's just my opinion.
Fedora/RedHat/Debian for servers.
Fedora/Ubuntu for desktops.
Facts Regarding CentOS and the Open Letter
# CentOS is not dead or going away. The signers of the Open Letter are fully committed to continue the CentOS Project. Updates and new releases will continue.
# Most of the Issues have been resolved, there is an action plan with agreed upon dates for any outstanding issues.
# The CentOS Project now owns the CentOS.org and CentOS.info domains and there will be no disruption in services.
# We thank the people who have stepped forward and want to donate to the CentOS project. We ask that you hold off for now until issues surrounding our new donation policy are put into place.
# The CentOS Project is run completely by volunteers and we are aware that this requires a different management style. We have been and continue to work to prevent issues like these from occurring in the future. We will continue this effort in the future, look for some new policy information soon