> Distributing under the GPL *does* force you to distribute the source, if you distribute the work at all.
Can you please read this article again?
RedHat distributes source code of all patches. Under the GPL. You can get a RHEL subscription and you'll get access to them. Under the GPL.
You can then take these patches and re-distribute them. That's not a problem at all, you're totally free to do it. Under the GPL.
However, RedHat will revoke your access to the RHEL repository should you do this. I.e. they won't give you any further updates - neither in binary form nor in source-code form.
> If it does, then RedHat should be providing those split-out patches to *any 3rd party*
Can you provide a reference to that in the GPL? I'm under impression that GPL kicks in during the moment of distribution only.