Red Hat at the crossroads

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at
Wed Jan 16 16:13:52 UTC 2008


A long look at the evolution with some notable mentions of Fedora

"The classic downloadable distribution of Red Hat Linux has been 
replaced by Fedora, which is no longer sold in shrink-wrapped boxes. 
Enterprise customers are recommended to purchase RHEL, Red Hat's own 
branded and supported version of Linux. The perceived benefit of this 
release model is that Red Hat benefits from the traditional community 
approach fostered by Fedora, while giving a production model, 
represented by Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that corresponds with the 
longer, more stable, upgrade cycle that is more easily implemented and 
supported within the enterprise. Fedora has pioneered many of the 
advances that later appear in RHEL.

In some ways Red Hat's business model represents a revolution in the 
computing industry, and is counter intuitive to the dogma of modern 
business culture."

"Red Hat has managed to walk the line between corporate ambition and 
community ethics, resisting the temptation to compromise in deals with 
Microsoft and others, and has endeavored to remain honest and true to 
its community roots, which it has maintained through its dependence on 
the Fedora community."


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