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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 18:14

CentOS Project joins forces with Red Hat Linux

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The CentOS Linux project is a beloved distribution by those seeking an enterprise quality Linux distribution. CentOS is joining the Red Hat Linux family and this can only strengthen the distro.

Red Hat maintains two Linux distributions, Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, otherwise known as RHEL. While Fedora is free for use, like Ubuntu and other well-known Linux distros, RHEL is targeted at enterprises and comes with an associated fee.

CentOS Linux, an independent and unrelated project team, provides a robust and stable enterprise quality Linux but without the associated costs of enterprise support; it does this by taking the open source RHEL code, replacing the RedHat artwork and imagery, building and then releasing it under the banner CentOS. In other words, for all intents and purposes CentOS is Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

While there was no official relationship between Red Hat and CentOS this relationship appeared mutually beneficial, with some users describing CentOS as a “gateway drug” paving the way for them to purchase RHEL in their business.

However, today it is different. Karanbir Singh today announced on the CentOS mailing list that CentOS is officially joining the Red Hat Family.

Red Hat will now have three tiers in its product offering: Fedora for personal use; CentOS for stable business use with community support; RHEL for stable business use with enterprise support.

Red Hat has made its own official announcement stating with Red Hat’s contributions and investment, the CentOS Project will be better able to serve the needs of open source community members who require different or faster-moving components to be integrated with CentOS.

The new initiative will be overseen by the new CentOS Governing board.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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