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How to kill free software in the enterprise

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 19, 2007 04:06 PM

This points up the Achilles heel of free software. Red Hat has put a huge amount of investment into making Linux enterprise-ready. They have contributed most of their work to the community.

Then along comes CentOS, copies Red Hat's code, takes off the "Red Hat" label and substitutes "CentOS" - and proceeds to try to destroy Red Hat's business.

If CentOS succeeds, Red Hat dies and so does Linux in the enterprise, because Red Hat is the company that has the know-how, the resources, and the incentive to keep Linux up with evolving requirements in the enterprise.

BTW CentOS did not "add virtualization". Red Hat did. As far as I can tell from the article, CentOS has added nothing, apart from a few apps whose developers think aren't ready for prime time yet anyway. They're just parasites on Red Hat.


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