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Re: Why did you chose Debian over CentOS?

On Thu, 05 Mar 2009 10:06:56 -0500
Joe McDonagh <joseph.e.mcdonagh@gmail.com> wrote:

> And to the people who give a schpiel about what if RH shuts down 
> tomorrow, not going to happen. Someone will buy RH before they get
> shut down. They are the single biggest kernel committers and their
> workforce is filled with some of the most talented engineers in the
> open source world.

It may be true that RH is too big to disappear entirely, but what
about the inconsistency of their company focus? Many companies (mine
included) have already been burnt because of the way RH redefined their
distribution model. First it was free with optional paid support, then
they dropped the desktop, then they went with licensed Enterprise
support only (which is the only reason CentOS exists in the first
place, to provide community support for RHE) and now they are refocusing
on virtualization and who knows what support they are going to offer.
They may not shut down, but past history has shown that you can not
rely on the availability and support the company will offer tomorrow.

Bill Thompson

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