Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 16:21 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Red Hat "We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-6.0 for i386 and x86_64 Architectures. CentOS-6.0 is based on the upstream release EL 6.0 and includes packages from all variants. All upstream repositories have been combined into one, to make it easier for end users to work with. There are some important changes to this release compared with the previous versions of CentOS and we highly recommend reading this announcement along with the Release Notes."
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RE[2]: stay clear?
by jwwf on Tue 12th Jul 2011 00:15 UTC in reply to "RE: stay clear?"
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Personally a lot of this would just go away if Red Hat started a license program for non-profits/academia and open source projects. Maybe its not worth their effort, but a lot of effort is spent creating clones so that must mean there is a need. Maybe something done like the Fedora project. A community based version of their enterprise OS could be a good thing for them.


In my opinion, this is not likely to happen because RH needs the community clones to exist, but it does not need them to be especially good.

They need to exist because without them (and with the official distro being entirely behind the paywall) not enough people would keep up the skills and "mind share" needed to keep the RHEL ecosystem healthy.

They don't need to be that great because it's a good sales tactic - "Call us when you're serious enough to pay for the real thing, with a real roadmap"

The real question, for me anyway, is did the current situation turn off enough people (ie, turn them on to Ubuntu or whatever) that the ecosystem was damaged? In other words, from a selling-RHEL perspective, is the good-but-not-that-good balance right? I don't know. I think it could be better. In the short term, the switchers are probably not the people they care about (the paying types) but in the long term, mind share might have gone down.

What I'd like to see is RH just making patches without any support free. But apparently their market analysis tells them no--otherwise they'd be doing it.

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