[CentOS] Caught between a Red Hat and a CentOS

Ron Blizzard rb4centos at gmail.com
Sun Oct 18 07:18:51 UTC 2009

Interesting column at CNET...


"Novell has been positioning itself as the Avis of Linux, a distant
but gaining Red Hat competitor that "tries harder." Like Oracle,
Novell argues that it can give customers Red Hat value at a lower

"There's just one problem with this marketing spin: the "low-cost
alternative" to Red Hat isn't Novell. It's CentOS. And CentOS is free
as in $0.00.

"It's true that adoption of unpaid Linux like CentOS is booming, and
that this no-cost alternative to more expensive solutions like Red Hat
is a real threat to Red Hat. This is no doubt why Red Hat has made
"free-to-paid" a core element of its ongoing strategy, as related in
its recent earnings call.

"But it's a much bigger threat to Novell and Oracle, both of whom are
trying to position themselves as cheaper alternatives to Red Hat
Enterprise Linux."

I wonder if Red Hat has ever considered limited, paid support options
for CentOS?

RonB -- Using CentOS 5.3

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