[CentOS] Red Hat CEO: Go Ahead, Copy Our Software

Thu Aug 15 21:22:01 UTC 2013
Eddie G. O'Connor Jr. <eoconnor25 at gmail.com>

I have no problems with RedHat and have used CEntOS steadily for quite 
some time now. Even though it's at home on my personal machines, I have 
been aching for my company to adopt an open source alternative to the 
five or six Windows 2008 servers that are currently in place...and I've 
made progess! So MUCH progress that in another month I'm to have a 
"sit-down" with the higher-ups from Accounting...IT...and "Corporate" to 
determine if my suggestion warrants merit, and if so....how to go about 
implementing it....when I finally do get my chance "on the mike" so to 
speak?...I'll be recommending both Red Hat AND CEntOS.....as they're 
basically the same thing...and the things I won't be able to 
troubleshoot myself...I'll have the RedHat Tech Support handle. Either 
way I see it as a win-win situation. The author might have flubbed a few 
things...as others have stated, CEntOS...isn't a "parasite" to 
RedHat....but more a "sibling". And RedHat really DOESN'T own any of the 
source code it sells! but hey...everyone makes mistakes!......LoL! I 
will say this: I have used Windows since the Win '95 era, and even 
though they have come a long way, I have not enjoyed using my computers 
as much as when I installed Linux, and not just CEntOS....but 
Fedora...Ubuntu....openSuSE......Debian....etc. I wish there was a way 
to "return' the favor to al lthe developers and contributors to the Open 
Source movement....!



On 08/15/2013 04:59 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 3:20 PM,  <m.roth at 5-cent.us> wrote:
>> Yeah, and the author *really* doesn't understand, and didn't bother to
>> try, to do their research.
>> Excerpt:
>> Arguably one critical area that CentOS hasn't helped Red Hat is with
>> developers. While developers want the latest and greatest technology, Red
>> Hat's bread-and-butter audience over the years has been operations
>> departments, which want stable and predictable software. (Read: boring.)
>> CentOS, by cloning RHEL's slow-and-steady approach to Linux development,
>> is ill-suited to attracting developers.
>> --- end excerpt ---
> How about the real history, where Red Hat took a bunch of software
> developed by others, published the barely-working stuff with horrible
> bugs (read the changelogs if you disagree....), then accepted
> contributed debugging, fixes and improvements from the users until it
> was good enough to charge for, then they cut off access even to the
> people who had helped make it usable.  And CentOS helps fix that
> problem.