Did I see an implicit "do as Red Hat says or else" there somewhere? Not appropriate. Linux is not Windows (yet). In the heat of the moment it may easily be forgotton that Linux is all about choice. We choose to run CentOS, and we choose to run it the way we see fit. We appreciate the efforts that go into the *Community* *Enterprise* OS, and if you have dealt with buggy crap like Ubuntu or Fedora, you appreciate it even more. This does not imply deference to upstream. That statement about "effectively [running] your own Linux distribution" is scaremongering, at best. If there's one thing I've learned on this list, it's realizing how many use cases, scenarios and solutions there are that can make approaching the topic at hand without prejudice challenging at times.