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Re: Why did you chose Debian over CentOS?

"First it was free" is analogous to saying "In the beginning..."

They still have a 'desktop' OS for the enterprise, and I wouldn't say they're re-focusing their direction on virtualization at all. Virtualization is a reality for all OSs, so that's like if you would have said "MS is refocusing their direction on virtualization" when their Virtual Server came out. It's just another piece of the puzzle for the enterprise.

Most claims about RH are the "in the beginning" type and it's like do people *really* still hold that against them? That was like what, 7 years ago? They focus on the enterprise and any change in their business direction is because of a change in enterprise computing, simple as that.

Bill Thompson wrote:
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.

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