On Wed, 2006-02-22 at 23:54, Christofer C. Bell wrote:
> That would be easier to understand if you'd explain how it
> is different for Red Hat to redistribute the underlying
> packages which they didn't write than it is for someone
> else to redistribute them again in something that approximates
> the same bundled group.
Sure, Les. Red Hat is devoting effort to distribution creation and
maintenance, and developing the glue software that holds all that
together (the installer, the system configuration tools, "Red
Hat-isms" in the boot process like /etc/sysconfig, SELinux
integration, etc). CentOS isn't doing any of that work.
They claim it is non-trivial to make a freely redistributable
version from the RH srpms. If you asked over on their
mail list they'd probably give you an estimate of the time
it really takes. They also add options not supported by
RHEL4, like putting firewire, reiserfs, and xfs support
back in. They aren't just copying existing binaries, but
others can copy what they have done.
Red Hat takes raw upstream software and turns it into a distribution.
I think that's great and there are obviously a number of other people
doing the same thing (Debian, SuSE, et al). CentOS is doing any of
How would anyone be better off if they re-invented yet another
way of building a distribution?
CentOS is taking a distribution created via someone else's hard
and rebranding it as their own.
And in turn, openfiler and SMEserver continue on to produce
even more distributions. That's the way open source is
supposed to work.
They're essentially relying on Red
Hat Software, Inc., for all their distribution and release
engineering. I don't care for that.
At anyrate, Les, I appreciate your (and other's) desire to
my position, however irrational it may sound to you.
It would be rational if Red Hat had not chosen to work with
open source to begin with, but the point of being open is
that others can continue to modify it even in ways that
you might not have chosen yourself. With the GPL in particular
it is a obligation to permit others to do that if you do it