All of this hinges on how Red Hat "treats" CentOS Stream 9. If it's a true upstream, and security fixes go to Stream first (and not weeks late), the distro has the potential to be a success -- not just as a gateway for contributions back to RHEL but as a usable, secure and stable operating system.
I felt bad for Red Hat employees who were put in the position of defending Stream 8, which has a strange update model that is upstream for some things and downstream for security fixes.
Right now I'm trying to fondly remember the Red Hatters who said "Stream 9 will be better, trust us," more than those who said, "Stream 8 is FINE. Now shut up and piss off." (These are paraphrases ... )
The more CentOS tries to be like Fedora from a community standpoint, the better.
@passthejoe The fact that Hyperscale exists and you can do stuff like btrfs on it, due to CentOS SIG *community* contributions is huge, IMO.
@passthejoe Red Hat CoreOS is probably the closest thing, but unlike Fedora CoreOS, RHCOS is specifically for hosting OpenShift.
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