[CentOS] redhat vs centos

Tue Nov 1 16:57:55 UTC 2011
David C. Miller <millerdc at fusion.gat.com>

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bob Hoffman" <bob at bobhoffman.com>
> To: "CentOS mailing list" <centos at centos.org>
> Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 10:46:57 PM
> Subject: [CentOS] redhat vs centos
> I have been reading the threads on here with great ernest about
> redhat
> making a move to throw off centos compilations.
> I read some stories about microsoft wanting to work closer with
> centos
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/17/microsoft_and_centos/
> I have to update to centos 6 due to some needs of clients who need
> newer
> mysql and php (and installing them on centos5
> was too hard for me).
> I am thinking of going ubuntu server but at the same time I have this
> feeling centos team will pull through, make a new method to
> streamline
> this, and redhat will back down and stop being REDa$$-hats.
> Redhat thinks us 'freebie' people will move to them to get the
> quicker
> updates and releases.
> I look at the pricing and I say they must be out of their minds.
> The server comes at 1,999 a year for 2 sockets and more than 4
> guests...which is what I would need.
> The virtualization  package, which may or may not be needed is
> thousands
> more.
> All for one server.

You can go with the self support option. Seeing you are willing to go with CentOS as long as there are timely updates. That tells me you dont really care about getting "support" from the vendor. You can pick up workstation self support for $50 and server for $350 a year. That means you will get all the updates but just can't call or open tickets with Redhat. The limitations imposed by Redhat for "Support" they will provide are artificial. Although Redhat says it will only support 2 sockets and x amount of virtual guests you can still do it. 

> that ain't gonna happen.
> Personally I am thinking of staying away from all red hat clones due
> to
> redhat's actions for my own security.
> The only thing on the horizon I see is ubuntu server as best
> supported
> and up to date.
> I am teetering tonight. I have downloaded it and am thinking of
> wiping
> my new centos6 install and trying it out.
> How do you all feel about this turn of events and what is your gut
> feeling on where this is going?
> And how about them hard drive prices?!!