"In 2003, when Red Hat abandoned its GNU Public License (GPL)
version of Red Hat Linux in favor of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
(RHEL) and the deeper pockets of corporate customers, the Linux
community and Red Hat fans cried out with (rightful) accusations of
abandonment. Indignant, many went looking for greener pastures in
the forms of Debian, Mandrake, Xandros, and other end-user
distributions with free, community versions.
"But within months, before much damage was done, Red Hat
realized its mistake, did an about-face, and launched the Fedora
Project--a GPL spin-off of the RHEL code base that serves as the
company's bleeding-edge technology demonstration..."