On 2/22/06, *Fajar Priyanto* <fajarpri(a)cbn.net.id
I hope I'm not starting a flame war.
Can someone pls tell me the ups and down between Centos and FC?
I'm familiar with FC4 and some things that I like from it:
1. The available packages are abundant. Very easy to find packages
2. The user list is very active and friendly too (I have subscribed
list and seems like they're friendly too :)
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
They have to recompile the source rpms. They do try to mirror the RHEL
distributions. I think it would be interesting for one of the clones to
come out with i686 optimized compilations. It might not improve
performance a lot from the arguments presented from the RH side. It
might add something for the community in showing two distros, one cloned
but optimized and another pretty much mirroring RHEL to the line.
They are not ripping off RH with their efforts. They are giving those
that cannot afford the RHEL price scheme with a slow moving and reliable
version of RHEL without phone support contracts and the like.
While this is perfectly legal, I think it dilutes the value of what
Hat is doing. "Legal" does not necessarily mean "right." The respin
distros don't really innovate, they just leech off the work that Red Hat
The reason they exist is because of a need that small businesses and
those that cannot afford the price of RHEL to have a distro that has the
feel and cautious integration that RHEL provides.
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.
IMHO the RHEL prices are way too high. I am learning a lot from Fedora
and do try to contribute to the project.
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.
RHEL has those that set the prices for the distribution. With more
feasible pricing, more will buy, less will settle for the alternatives.
You need to consider bulk sales at reasonable pricing or less patrons at
a higher price. I believe the ones who decide all of the internals
decided their pricing level with consideration for more sales at a lower
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