Christofer C. Bell wrote:
On 2/22/06, Andy Green <andy(a)warmcat.com> wrote:
>Identifying with RHAT and acknowledging the benefits we get from their
>work are Good Things, but there is nothing wrong with respins IMO,
>legally or morally, in fact its the whole idea.
That is absolutely untrue. The "whole idea" of the GPL and Free
software is to allow anyone to "add value" to what's out there.
That's not what CentOS and White Box do. They take someone else's
work, remove references to the people that did the work, and package
it up so that you can "freely" use Red Hat's efforts in creating RHEL.
Yes, they are assisting in "adding value". Have you ever heard of
the concept of the "middle man"? If I get a copy of RHEL, those
parts which are GPL, I can modify and redistribute. These people
at CentOS prevent duplication of effort by many people weeding
out the parts which are not GPL or LGPL. If I want to make my
own mods, I can start with CentOS, not RHEL. Saves a lot of
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