Max (spevack) wrote,

some congrats, and some criticism

Congratulations to CentOS for winning a Bossie award as the best server operating system. It's great to see a distribution that is part of the Red Hat family get some recognition.

However, I do want to take exception to part of the larger article that InfoWorld wrote:

We don’t have any firsthand knowledge of Red Hat’s feelings toward CentOS, but we’d wager it's not happy about it. Well, live by the sword, die by the same.

The Fedora Project has no problem at all with CentOS. Fedora and CentOS share some contributors and volunteers. Furthermore, it's well-accepted that CentOS fills a critical niche -- it is a great option for the folks who want a distro that is part of the Red Hat family, but that has a longer lifecycle than Fedora and is also zero-cost. If you do not require support and only want to install your system once every seven years, CentOS is worth trying out.

The Fedora Project is on the record as saying that CentOS is great.

Riddle me this, though. Why didn't Red Hat Enterprise Linux receive the award? CentOS is just a rebuild of the source RPMs that Red Hat makes freely available. You'd think you'd give an award like that as far upstream as possible.

EDIT -- After reading smooge and mattdm's comments -- I don't intend for that last paragraph to trivialize the work that CentOS requires. I was trying to use one post to both compliment CentOS and remind folks that RHEL is the upstream for CentOS. This could have been more well written.
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