[CentOS-devel] Announcing ROSI - RHEL for Open Source Infrastructure

Sat Feb 27 14:18:54 UTC 2021
Lamar Owen <lowen at pari.edu>

On 2/26/21 12:59 PM, redbaronbrowser via CentOS-devel wrote:
> Feb 25th from Red Hat's Jason Brook:
> "... open source to gain access to RHEL subscriptions ... which now includes ... CentOS Stream to test applications and workloads against the next release of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform."
> Source:
> https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/extending-no-cost-red-hat-enterprise-linux-open-source-organizations
> That sounds like the OFFER is for a Linux distro project to use Red Hat subscription services as part of the support of the Linux distro project.

The partial quote above is a total mis-parsing of that paragraph.  The 
paragraph plainly and clearly should be parsed as 'ROSI' is now a third 
level of Red Hat's already existing support for open source projects; 
that is, Fedora and CentOS Stream were previous OS choices upstream open 
source projects could use at no cost, now ROSI is a third.

I also read that this sort of arrangement has existed previously and 
that ROSI is just a formalization of those arrangements (the sentence 
"We frequently provide no-cost access to RHEL to these groups, but the 
process isn’t as formalized, consistent, accessible or transparent as 
we’d like it to be." says that).  Fedora and CentOS have quite possibly 
been using RHEL for some time now (I am not a member of either project's 
infrastructure team, so I don't know what OS is being used in the 

The point is clear to me, and I'll paraphrase: If you were using CentOS 
for your infrastructure in an upstream open-source project, where the 
license is a Fedora-approved license, you could be eligible for no-cost 
RHEL to replace your CentOS.  Yes, upstream is specifically mentioned 
(sentence, and not a sentence fragment: "We want RHEL to be used broadly 
in upstream open source development, both as a testing platform and as a 
stable foundation for development. ").

An RHEL rebuild is not "upstream open source development."