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

Fri Aug 16 17:31:09 UTC 2013
Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org>

On 08/16/2013 12:18 PM, Carl T. Miller wrote:
> Johnny Hughes wrote:
>> If you are asking for an opinion, I actually agree that they (Red Hat)
>> should also give it away for free.  However, nothing requires them to do
>> so.   Since they didn't, CentOS was created and fills that niche.
> Hmm.  In my opinion, Red Hat is doing the right thing.  I
> learned long ago that customers fall into a quadrant of
> being high profit or low profit and low maintenance or
> high maintenance.  It's always a good decision to drop
> the low profit and high maintenance customers.
> By doing this, Red Hat keeps a good reputation since it
> can avoid dealing with users who are most likely to have
> a bad experience due to unrealistic expectations.
> I'm just glad that they do provide the source code and
> that the folks behind CentOS do everything that they do!

Well, certainly there is nothing wrong with their decision and there are
pros and cons to both approaches.  I am also very happy they provide
public sources.

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