[TriLUG] Redhat's Success Under New Model
chrish at trilug.org
Thu Nov 6 20:02:58 EST 2003
On Thursday, November 6, 2003, at 05:29 PM, Scott Chilcote wrote:
> I wonder if most geeks have moved on to some other distribution(s) in
> a year or two, whether there will still be a strong following for
> Redhat in corporate circles. Their boxed set was visible in
> bookstores and software stores, too, often by itself with no other
> distributions present.
The many changes in Red Hat's model over the last year or so have
caused enough confusion among my superiors that I'm looking for
something more predictable, like Debian, but with the great enterprise
tools that Red Hat brings to bear.
For companies that *want* external support, they may be very happy with
the RHEL model. More power to them. It's caused enough damage to the
credibility of Linux in the last two companies I've worked for that I'm
actively working on a fork of RHEL ( http://www.caosity.org ) and when
that fork is complete I'll either stick with that project or spin my
own distro off of it, keeping only the packages I care about and
dropping the rest. There is enough demand for this now that I don't
think I'll have trouble finding people who are interested in helping
(I've already heard privately from a few folks here and this is just
one small group of Linux admins). I know there are some other projects
attempting to do the same thing, but cAos is almost definitely going to
release a Free fork of RHEL 2.1 *and* RHEL 3.0 this month, so I figure
it's best to collaborate with them on that short-term goal and see
where it goes from there.
cAos1-el: RHEL 2.1 minus non-free packages or Red Hat trademarked
cAos1-gp: cAos1-el at its core, plus up to date versions of all the
packages (and then some).
cAos2-el: RHEL 3 minus non-free packages or Red Hat trademarked
cAos2-gp: cAos2-el at its core, plus up to date versions of all the
packages, 2.6 kernel, and then some.
The version 1 & version 2 branches are being developed in tandem. The
first three of four items listed are *very* close to releasing ISO's.
cAos2-gp is much further out.
C. Magnus Hedemark
"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink
what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not." - Mark Twain
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