CentOS developer Johnny Hughes has detailed recent efforts by the project to improve the release timing of the distribution. The CentOS team of volunteers has created new workflows and has also secured funding for developers to work full time on the project, and says that these efforts have already paid off.

Two CentOS developers are now being funded by corporate sponsors to work on the distribution full time for a total of 80 hours a week. According to Hughes, the motivation behind the sponsorship is purely the desire for faster updates and he says the move “should be huge in preventing future delays.”

The team has also created a continuous release repository for the project which makes it possible to release independent packages from a CentOS point release without releasing the complete update set all at once. Using this repository, users can get important updates with minimal waiting time while the developers can concentrate on building the rest of the point release, including disk images and other necessary parts of the release workflow.

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