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A look at CentOS

A look at CentOS

Posted Feb 17, 2005 1:47 UTC (Thu) by jmalcolm (guest, #8876)
Parent article: A look at CentOS

The current tradmark debacle is what attracted my attention to CentOS. Since I switched from Slack all those years ago I have been pretty much in the RedHat camp. Not every machine justifies the RHEL investment though and I was tiring of the Fedora upgrade treadmill. I am very happy to have an alternative that feels like a member of the family.

I installed CentOS on an old IBM server and it seems excellent. It seems to be a truly faithful reproduction of RHEL. It even comes with all the RHEL bias. Fedora Core can handle other file systems as root but CentOS requires Ext3 it seems. I do not know about RHEL4 but CentOS 4.0beta includes apt-get which is excellent.

To me this illustrates the power of open source. It is simply amazing that a community can be built around the RHEL technology for a niche left unserved by RedHat's commercial activities. It is great to see products built with the best ideas from each effort.

I want to thank RedHat for making CentOS possible through their committment to Open Source and to the CentOS team for a great product. I hope that we can all continue to work together to our common benefit.

(Apologies to any PNALVs that take offense to the RHEL references)

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