[CentOS-devel] Before You Get Mad About The CentOS Stream Change, Think About…

Thu Dec 17 08:45:40 UTC 2020
Simon Matter <simon.matter at invoca.ch>

> Hi,
>> On 17. Dec 2020, at 09:03, Simon Matter <simon.matter at invoca.ch> wrote:
>> I know that Red Hat was and is free to decide what they want. But I can
>> assure you that the only reason why quite a number RHEL subscriptions
>> have
>> been sold to the companies where I have worked in the past is that there
>> was a project called CentOS!
> if that is really the case (I think it could well be), the business
> decision of RedHat maybe makes perfect sense.
> Some other distribution will step in for CentOS Linux. Rocky, Lenix,
> Springsdale, whatever. That distribution/s will take the role of CentOS in
> paving the path for RHEL without RedHat having to paying for it.
> Sounds like a win/win-Situation, doesn't it?


A lot of those people who helped Red Hat to grow are now extremely
disappointed and disillusioned. Trust was the driving force here and it is
no more.

There is one more thing that may make a lot of former Red Hat supporters
leave the party. Everyone can see how big companies make big $$$ with some
of Red Hats work. Oracle sells support subscriptions for their Red Hat
rebuild and make a business of it. Amazon uses Red Hats work to sell their
cloud stuff and the list goes on endless. Then Red Hat writes here:


"Facebook runs millions of servers supporting its vast global social
network, all of which have been migrated (or are migrating) to an
operating system they derive from CentOS Stream."

Can you read it, _millions_ of servers, and they don't pay for RHN
subscriptions. Of course they don't need to because they can rebuild
whatever they want for their own needs.

But, SMB companies are expected to pay big $$$ for their 5 servers. Do you
see how David and Goliath are treated very differently? How are you going
to explain this to your company/customer?