[CentOS] Issues with CentOS in enterprise

Sun Dec 12 16:45:23 UTC 2010
Zdenek <zdenek.w at o2.pl>

Hello all.

Does anybody have experience with pushing CentOS in enterprise?

I have the following situation. I tried to promote CentOS to local bank. They have now a couple of Gentoo-based systems and I tried to explain them that CentOS is much better option for enterprises.

IT department is interested in stability of the system, so they are ready to give CentOS a try. But the problem came from management and information security division.

That guys look much affected by FUD created by M$. They tell the story like "you can not rely on this open source, it is built by just few community geeks, you never know what will happen if the developer will be hit by bus tomorrow" and so on. They especially refer to the last year FUD story published at ZDNet (http://goo.gl/y0LBi). So, IT guys are allowed to use open source only if they can prove that it has stable community and transparent development and build process they can reproduce on their own if necessary.

I guess, I'm not the first who encounter this issue. Could you share your experience how to deal with it? Are there any public resources that can be used as proofs of CentOS stability?