Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Posted Sep 9, 2004 3:08 UTC (Thu) by bojan
In reply to: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Parent article: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
> Even Red Hat acknowledges this, or they would not have attempted to create a poor copy of Debian called Fedora.
I'm not sure why you think Fedora is a copy of Debian, poor or not. Debian is a collection of over 12,000 packages, Fedora is not. Debian is a true voluneer project, Fedora is not. Fedora is release often, Debian is not. And so on and so forth.
I'm guessing you are referring to the "development model", but not even that is the same. Outside contributors get more chance, but Red Hat does most of the heavy lifting. No doubt about that at all. In all honesty to Red Hat, they had the courage to introduce some really interesting stuff into their disto, way ahead of other folks. For example, NTPL support (without this threading on Linux - read Java containers - really sucked), O(1) scheduler for 2.4 kernels, exec-shield to minimise danger of buffer overflows etc. In essence, they are attempting to assert themselves as an "engineering force" when it comes to Linux. So far, it seems to have worked.
Don't get me wrong, RHEL will never run on any of my systems for a very simple reason - it is too expensive. But, I give Red Hat credit when credit is due. They have done a lot for open source. Whether they are doing a good thing for their own business is their own problem, IMHO.
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