[CentOS-devel] published errata at http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/ and how that relates to CentOS

Sun May 8 15:51:15 UTC 2011
Ned Slider <ned at unixmail.co.uk>

On 08/05/11 14:46, Jason Pyeron wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Johnny Hughes
>> Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2011 7:21
>> To: centos-devel at centos.org
>> Subject: Re: [CentOS-devel] published errata at http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/
> and how that relates to CentOS
>> On 05/08/2011 12:40 AM, Florian La Roche wrote:
>>> On Sat, May 07, 2011 at 07:27:17AM -0500, Johnny Hughes wrote:
>>>> We contact upstream every time we see one of these, but
>> are kind of
>>>> at their mercy if they don't follow up.
>>> Hello Johnny,
>> <snip>
>>>    Does CentOS wants to start compiling also Extended Update
>> Support (EUS)
>>>    rpms? (Instead of EUS, Red Hat seems to call this also
>> "Long Life".)
>>> - From the extended list of errata you can see many addon
>> rpms which are
>>>    all Open Source. In addition to the base Enterprise
>> Linux, does CentOS
>>>    want to recompile additional products?
>> I am pretty sure that Red Hat does not publish the "Extended
>> Update Support" source files on their FTP site.  Do you know
>> of a public place where those SRPMS are at?
> Surly the GPL would still apply. So them must be available somehow.

Yes, the GPL applies and yes the SRPMS are available - to customers who 
purchased an Extended Update Support (EUS) contract from Red Hat and 
whom also receive the "software" in binary form. As Red Hat don't 
distribute the software to you (either privately or publicly) they are 
under no obligation under the GPL to make the source code available to 
you either.

Please feel free to purchase an EUS contract from Red Hat and make the 
SRPMS available on your public FTP server, under the terms of the GPL.

Also, consider whether such would be detrimental to Red Hat's ability to 
add value to their product which ultimately has to hurt CentOS too.