Red Hat at the crossroads
sundaram at fedoraproject.org
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"The classic downloadable distribution of Red Hat Linux has been
replaced by Fedora, which is no longer sold in shrink-wrapped boxes.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
"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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