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.