"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5) has been cloned. And barely
a month after its release.
"The release of the free, community-based CentOS 5 Enterprise
Linux so soon after the RHEL 5 release is hardly a surprise; the
same thing happened with RHEL 4 two years ago. Nor does Red Hat
consider CentOS a competitor, but rather a distribution that fills
a need. The company also said CentOS will help it grow its
"'From the technology side, CentOS broadens the customer base
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux technology,' Nick Carr, a product
marketing director for RHEL, told internetnews.com. 'They are
active in the mailing list, and from an engineering viewpoint they
certainly assist us in finding problems in the product...'"