> What does being able to point to a different URL (presumably at Red Hat, after paying for a commercial support contract) have to do with having confidence that CentOS will be around in 3 to 6 years' time? Others (e.g. Whitebox Linux and at least one other) have demonstrated that tracking RHEL is not trivial by trying to do it and then backing out. (And of course I'm not that concerned about them possibly having to move to centoslinux.org or whatever. That's not the point I'm making.)
Nope. That is not what I meant at all.
I meant that the worst case is if CentOS folks can't get the Centos.org domain under their control then they will just use a different domain name. So I will have to use that in my Yum repo.
Just because they can't get rights to the DNS name does not mean that the project itself is in risk of dying. It just mean it's going to be a huge PITA for them to migrate over to another domain. (mailing lists, security certificates, developer contacts and all that)