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What is Happening at the CentOS Project?

Moderated by:
Karsten Wade (Red Hat/Fedora Project)
Johnny Hughes (CentOS Project), Jim Perrin (CentOS Project)
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You may have heard the interesting news in the Linux world, that CentOS and Red Hat are embarking on a new journey together in to the future of community development platforms.

“CentOS and Red Hat joining forces” was not something most Linux users expected to hear at the beginning of 2014. Now that the news is out, it’s time to write the next chapter of the CentOS story and you can get a first-row seat to hear what’s coming next.

In this session you get to hear the story of this adventure and ask questions from several CentOS Board members. Karanbir Singh, Johnny Hughes, and Jim Perrin are long-time CentOS contributors, members of the newly convened Governing Board, and instrumental in making CentOS what it is today and engaging with Red Hat. Karsten Wade is a long-time Fedora contributor and Red Hatter, author of The Open Source Way, and project lead/supervisor for the effort that resulted in this new relationship.

This story includes the new special interest groups (SIGs) that maintain variants of CentOS, which can include new software and changes to any core component. This talk will briefly cover the status of the new SIGs around cloud, web hosting, desktops, and so forth.

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Karsten Wade

Red Hat/Fedora Project

Since 2000 Karsten has been teaching and living the open source way. As a member of Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards team, he helps with community activities in projects Red Hat is involved in. As a 19 year IT industry veteran, Karsten has worked most sides of common business equations as an IS manager, professional services consultant, technical writer, and developer advocate. As of 2013, Karsten has been working on the CentOS Project as a new Board member, Red Hat liaison on the Board, and engineering team manager. You’ll see him getting involved in infrastructure, documentation, and distro building. He blogs here, microblogs here , and is found on IRC as ‘quaid’.

Karsten lives in his hometown of Santa Cruz, CA with his wife and two daughters on their small urban farm, Fairy-Tale Farm, where they focus on growing their own food and nurturing sustainable community living. Most recently, Karsten has been a partner in a collectively-run business of people-powered transportation, Santa Cruz Pedicab, and some weekends you’ll find him taking tourists and late-nighters around downtown.

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Johnny Hughes

CentOS Project

CentOS-4 Lead Developer, CentOS-5 updates, CentOS-6 updates. If you are looking for me in the CentOS IRC channels or Forums I am hughesjr there.

I first started working with UNIX in the early 1980’s with an AT&T 3b2 server.

I first started working with Linux in 1995 with a Red Hat Linux webserver.

I retired from the US Navy in 1997 (I spent ~20 years as a Engineering Laboratory Technician on Nuclear Submarines while in the US Navy). Lots of that time I also spent as a UNIX systems administrator working with AT&T and HP-UX servers.

Since 1997 I have been a UNIX (HP-UX, AIX, Solaris), Windows (NT, 2000, 2003), Linux (Red Hat, CentOS) systems administrator, an Oracle DBA, a Senior Systems Analyst and a Network Engineer … and finally now a Software Engineer for the CentOS Project

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Jim Perrin

CentOS Project

I began my linux journey in 1999 with Mandrake 6.1 and migrated to RHL around the 7.2 release I found out about CentOS in 2004, and joined the project formally later that year. Over the years I’ve been a consultant for defense contractors as well as for the oil and gas industry, handling large scale deployment, automation, and systems integration.

My current responsibilities with CentOS:

Governing Board member
SIG/Variant sponsor/coordinator