I agree with the comments below. I think it is important however, that
we have people with an "out of the box approach" making additions to
what Redhat has started. Sometimes making drastic direction changes to
a distro is difficult with out re-spinning the distro.
If a re-spin is done, then I think it should be upto the distro
maintainers to maintain their sources separate from Redhat, and not just
respin every update/release of Redhat's RPMS. If your name goes on the
box, I think you should be making major contributions and maintaining
that distro and not just putting your name on it.
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.
"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."