Something happened on December 4th, 2003 and it went largely unnoticed in the Linux world, even by the developers at the CentOS Project. On that date, the CentOS Project registered the domain name CentOS.org.
A couple days ago also largely unnoticed by just about everyone, albeit for different reasons as we were trying to serve updates to more than 2 million CentOS machines on the release of the first update set of our 4th CentOS version, CentOS.org turned 4 years old.
It has been a wild ride from nothing to a major player in the enterprise linux world. We have gone from not rated in the top 100,000 web sites to around 15,000 in Alexa.com traffic ratings and from not rated to a consistent 10th-15th place at distrowatch.com.
The CentOS Project would like to thank all the Developers, QA Team Members, Forum Moderators, Mailing List Moderators and Translators for all their hard work in producing CentOS.
We would also like to thank Red Hat, Inc. for being true to its open source roots. It is no coincidence that there are not any Linux distributions out there like CentOS based on any of the other paid enterprise linux offerings. Red Hat, Inc. is a first class organization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux is an outstanding operating system. We wish them both continued success.
Last, but certainly not least, the CentOS Project would like to thank our users. There is not a better community anywhere in open source than the CentOS community. You are the reason that CentOS is where we are today.
It has been a wild ride to this point and will no doubt continue to be for the foreseeable future.
Happy Birthday CentOS.org … and here is wishing you many, many more