[CentOS] RHEL changes

Fri Jan 22 23:06:41 UTC 2021
Matthew Miller <mattdm at mattdm.org>

On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 08:35:44PM +0000, Jamie Burchell wrote:
> Can RH put a stop to projects like Rocky Linux?

Yes, in two possible ways.

First, Red Hat could stop making RHEL. The amount of work that goes into
this is _quite_ significant, particularly in terms of the long-term
stability that everyone is very excited about. Rebuild projects would then
have nothing to rebuild.

But, Red Hat isn't going to do that, because RHEL is important to Red Hat
both as a product and as a base for the company's other projects.

Second, Red Hat goes way beyond the obligations of the licenses of many of
the pieces of software that comprise the distribution. Large, vital swaths
of RHEL are not under "copyleft" style licenses. Without the full source
published in a regular and timely manner, rebuilds couldn't exist.

But, Red Hat isn't going to do that, for a number of reasons but mostly
because free and open source is essential to what Red Hat *is* as a company.
And it's not just a goodwill thing or whatever: everyone from the front
lines up to the highest levels knows that it's key to our business success.

Matthew Miller
<mattdm at fedoraproject.org>
Fedora Project Leader