On 2/22/06, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell(a)gmail.com> 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.
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
CentOS is taking a distribution created via someone else's hard work
and rebranding it as their own. 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 understand
my position, however irrational it may sound to you.
"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."