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

Fri Aug 16 12:07:09 UTC 2013
Andrew Wyatt <andrew at fuduntu.org>

On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 6:45 AM, Giles Coochey <giles at coochey.net> wrote:

> On 16/08/2013 12:34, Andrew Wyatt wrote:
>> RedHat --> Production Systems, with paid-for support, something goes wrong
>> then I have some commercial comeback to get it fixed. High change control
>> environment.
>> CentOS --> QA, Development and Test Systems, and sometimes, non-critical
>> infrastructure, community support, more roll-your-own fixes and
>> workarounds. Less change control.
>> You can also purchase production support for CentOS through OpenLogic.
>>   Roll your own bug fixes aren't necessarily bad, especially when you are
>> able to send them upstream so they benefit everyone.
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>>  While I agree that CentOS will always have support while it is community
> driven, and has an upstream - without RedHat, no Centos... the truth of the
> matter (when it comes to $$$):

It wouldn't be impossible to continue CentOS without RedHat, the community
would be capable of pushing it forward.  That's not to say that RedHat
isn't doing a great job, but if they were to stop the CentOS project could
and probably would go on IMHO.

> CEO's and CTO's like to hear that their critical software is supported by
> a company with a $10bn market cap. That is their indicator that they're not
> relying on some fly by night, dead-end technology.
> They also like to hear that our non-essential infrastructure is run on
> software that is 'free' and mirrors the company they run their critical
> software on.
> I'm sure companies like OpenLogic do a good job, but it is difficult to
> convince upper management that these companies are still going to be around
> in 5-10 years time.
CEOs and CTOs like to hear that their critical applications are properly
supported and that the call is answered and the issue resolved within their
SLA when support is utilized.  Having a $10b market cap doesn't mean you
will get quality support, look at Oracle Enterprise Linux.  I had tickets
open for over 6 months when the company I worked for used their
"enterprise" distro.

It probably wouldn't be a difficult sell when you show the cost difference,
also depending on the skill level of the engineers in-house of course.  I
didn't mean to say that OpenLogic fits in all scenarios, but it should be
evaluated as an option like any other vendor when the decision is being