Bill Thompson wrote:
That's exactly what they claim on their website FAQ at centos.org. Having said that, it can only be beneficial to Red Hat for CentOS to operate, as it provides a stepping stone for new administrators in smaller companies trying to make decisions about their IT department to start with the 'free' version, and as their needs become more advanced and complicated, they'll start requiring consultants, technical support, etc. It's why Microsoft happily donates operating systems to schools; children grow up on Windows, and expect to be familiar with it as adults.On Thu, 05 Mar 2009 23:33:16 -0800 Stephan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: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.That was exactly my point.� I'm not an open source fanboy mind you; without the corporate model, there wouldn't *be* any microcomputers. It simply important to remember that corporations rarely give products and services away out of charity, and ultimately revenue is easier to achieve by making increasing the quality of solutions to justify increasing the price tag, ultimately resulting in many products being sold on hype alone (coughcoughVista) and not their intrinsic value.� So long as CentOS exists under the corporate guardianship as a stepchild of Red Hat, it's features and functionality will reflect the corporate goals of RH.� That isn't necessarily a bad thing; but it is *some* thing to consider when making a final decision. StephanYou make a good point about supporting RH and their efforts to develop Linux. However, using CentOS does not support the company or their revenues. My understanding is that CentOS is an independent group and is not managed by RH directly.
Nor do I ;) I'd be posting in the Fedora mailing list otherwise.In fact, I believe that using CentOS in conjunction with a licensed RHE installation violates the terms of the RH support agreement. That was the case when I looked into this several years ago, but RH may have since changed that agreement. If you truly feel that RH should be given financial support for their efforts and you can base your IT infrastructure on their business decisions, you should license RHE directly and not use one of the unofficial RH derivatives. My company could not make that decision, so we opted for Debian. Since then I have not needed to review support contracts and licensees for our Linux installations or worry much about the future of the distribution. I wouldn't