Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by michuk
Red Hat "CentOS is an enterprise class GNU/Linux distribution based on the publicly available source packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Just like RHEL or Debian stable, CentOS focuses on stability and security, sacrificing the 'latest and greatest' packages. Is CentOS 5 really that stable? And does it fit on the average Joe's desktop? This is what I'm gonna find out."
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michuk
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2006-08-08

hughesjr: It's the US law. The world doesn't give a damn about patents. They are not valid in the European Union and most countries around the world. Why not make a choice when downloading a distribution (US/non-US users)?

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hughesjr Member since:
2006-10-29

There is a choice ... there are many 3rd party repos available for CentOS.

Here are some:

http://wiki.centos.org/Repositories

CentOS does not think software patents are a good thing, however we will not distribute things that should be paid for OR that are certainly patent violations either. I am sure you have heard of the judgement against Microsoft:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070222-8910.html

I don't agree with the judgement ... I think it is absolutely asinine. It does not change the facts though.

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