I personally think that the CentOS project and Whitebox and those
re-spins of RHEL are pretty much ripping off Red Hat. Red Hat spends a
While this is perfectly legal, I think it dilutes the value of what
Hat is doing. "Legal" does not necessarily mean "right." The
distros don't really innovate, they just leech off the work that Red Hat
Well I see where you are coming from. But don't forget Redhat inherits
the bulk of what is in the distros from an "upstream" that is outside of
Redhat (although of course the Redhat folks are active all over the
place, esp Gnome). So this is not a one-way street nor do RHAT make out
that it is. RHAT ship, say, Postfix or KDE only at the effort of
packaging and distributing it. They don't create it singlehanded....
although they do look after security patches, which is great.
As for 'diluting the value' that's completely the wrong way around IMO,
the value of RHAT's work to the users is magnified *massively* by it
being available to deploy for free. There's no value to the user in
something that is only available at a price you can't afford.
has done. IMHO, if you want the benefit of Red Hat's work, you
support them by either buying their products or using FC and
contributing back to the project. Even if that contribution is just
filing bug reports or answering questions on the mailing lists/forums,
it is contributing back to Red Hat.
Let's not forget how much Red Hat is spending to give us FC - I think we
should reward them for that however we can, not leech off them.
No argument there, but as above the 'upstreams' have call on our karmic
balancing circuits as do RHAT.