Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 19, 2007 04:28 PM
You are not very familiar with the GPL license. CentOS is recompiling the available sources to make freely available binaries. When you buy RedHat you are not actually buying the OS (basically identical to CentOS), but the service and support. CentOS simply exists because RH does not offer an unsupported but stable version of RHEL. This is not illegal or wrong, in fact it is the very good part of being open source. Calling them parasites is an offense to the open FOSS community, which you don't seem to belong to. By the way, lots of the "amazing" technology that RH develops is "stolen" (according to your reasoning) from Fedora, which is community based and uses collection of applications developed outside of RH itself. The simple fact of the matter is that it's not stolen, it's for everybody to use it and be modified. Which part of the "open source" don't you understand? Maybe you think in Microsoft terms, so everything non MS is in violation of their licenses, so it's "stolen"?
P.S.The fact that you can try RH technology for free is thanks to CentOS.