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Red Hat Linux without the Red Hat

Dec 04, 2009, 03:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"...lately more businesses are adopting their Linux code-base and offering support for it.

"Why would anyone want to do this? After all, Red Hat support doesn't costs you an arm and a leg. The first developers who used Red Hat Linux as the foundation for their own distributions--CentOS, StartCom, and White Box Enterprise Linux--ended up creating distributions for people who were richer in Linux expertise than they were in money. Thus, historically, RHEL clone users tend to be old Linux pros who didn't need much in the way of Red Hat hand-holding.

"According to a report by Sean Michael Kerner, Red Hat isn't worried about these users. Kerner quotes Red Hat's Marco Bill-Peter, VP of Global Support Services as saying, "We are not actively chasing users of CentOS, but rather find that enterprises are naturally turning to Red Hat for the value of the Red Hat subscription model and support.""

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