[CS-FSLUG] Red Hat turns on Oracle and other Red Hat Linux clone-makers

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Thu Mar 17 22:18:25 CDT 2011

Red Hat <http://www.redhat.com> has decided it's no going to be Mr. Nice
Linux anymore for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
<http://www.redhat.com/rhel> clone makers such as Oracle
<http://www.oracle.com> and CentOS <http://www.centos.org>. Sure, in
open-source, you share the code. That's rule one. But, that doesn't mean
you need to make it /easy/ for your rivals.

What Red Hat has done, for the last several months, is release its
version of the Linux kernel with all its own patches incorporated into
the RHEL code. Before that, pre-RHEL6, which was released in November
Red Hat released the vanilla Linux code with its improvements and fixes
in separate patches. This method made it very easy for an Oracle or
another Linux distributor to see exactly what Red Had had done and thus
made it easy for them to pick and choose which patches they'd adopt.
Now, it's much harder both to do this and to copycat RHEL.

As Joe Brockmeier aptly put it, "It's sort of like asking someone for a
recipe for the family's chocolate chip cookies, and getting cookie
batter instead. <http://www.linux-mag.com/id/8414>" Sure you can tease
out what the ingredients are, but it's not easy.



"Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it 
tougher for sober people to own cars." - Unknown

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