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. 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?!!