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 respin
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.
"I trust the Democrats to take away my money, which I can afford. I
trust the Republicans to take away my freedom, which I cannot."