On Wed, 2006-02-22 at 10:41 -0600, Christofer C. Bell wrote:
On 2/22/06, linux.whiz(a)gmail.com <linux.whiz(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 ton of money,
> time and effort in making their enterprise distro. They give the entire
> thing to the community via the Fedora project. As required by the terms of
> the GPL, they release everything for RHEL as source RPMs. Then the clone
> distros come along and respin them and give them away.
> While this is perfectly legal, I think it dilutes the value of what Red Hat
> is doing. "Legal" does not necessarily mean "right." The
> don't really innovate, they just leech off the work that Red Hat has done.
> IMHO, if you want the benefit of Red Hat's work, you should 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.
I really really nate "me too" posts, but this is something I very
strongly agree with. My sense of ethics prevents me from using or
recommending any rip-off of RHEL.
Me too posts don't bother me one bit ;-) Having said that, what say ye
to sense of pocketbook ethics for, small businesses/churches/charity
organizations/etc., po folk in general, that require a RHEL type
solution but, can't afford RHEL pricing & definitely not the $MS
Inquiring minds want to know ;-))
Lexington, Kentucky U.S.A.