Ascendos is a freely distributable re-build of a popular Enterprise Linux (EL) distribution, produced by a prominent North American vendor. The Ascendos Project is run by a consortium of developers representing various other distributions of the operating system. By working together we are reducing the duplication of efforts, and building a more resilient EL community.
The goal of Ascendos is to produce a distribution as compatible with the upstream product as possible, but with a community that is as open and transparent as possible too. Ascendos will ultimately provide an generic architecture that can be used by others to build their own customized products based off its codebase, a win-win for everyone.
The goals of Ascendos are summarized in our charter: "The community is first, we will be accountable, we will not re-invent wheels, and we will let things happen."
Plans will be made to form an elected board to govern the project as a whole (similar most likely to Debian's structure).
The Ascedos will benefit the Enterprise Linux community by providing:
We are very close to our first (Ascendos 6) stable release based on the upstream 6 series. Alpha status development builds are currently available if you know where to look. (Hint: Join the development mailing list).
We are actively looking for people looking to contribute. If you are a developer, or a sysadmin, or even a weekend hacker and wish to participate then let us know. We're open and meritocratic, and we welcome anyone who can help.