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Red Hat and the GPL

Red Hat and the GPL

Posted Mar 9, 2011 5:26 UTC (Wed) by ccurtis (guest, #49713)
Parent article: Red Hat and the GPL

Red Hat has every right to only support their own kernels; that only makes sense. And they're within their right to send their modifications as a single patch.

However - and this is the biggest problem I see (perhaps I don't see enough) - is that Red Hat *is* Linux and *is* Open Source for so many people. Red Hat is the standard bearer. Red Hat should stand to the highest levels of integrity and openness (when dealing wrt free software). Because if Red Hat can do it, then so can ${RANDOM} company.

I expect the financial situation is taking a toll on support contracts in general, and as more people become better versed in things Linux, the need for external support wanes. Hopefully, this is a passing phase and not actions taken on behalf of some mandate to increase revenues to improve shareholder valuations.

A stable player in a stable market is more valuable than a company eternally chasing quarterly returns.


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Red Hat and the GPL

Posted Mar 9, 2011 5:44 UTC (Wed) by gdt (subscriber, #6284) [Link]

The complaint of the time was exactly as Jon wrote:

In the distant past, there were also complaints that Red Hat will terminate its support contract for users that run their own kernel, rather than what is supplied with RHEL.

This is not what you are arguing, where if you run a custom kernel you can gain support from Red Hat for an issue by rebooting with the Red Hat-provided kernel and reporting the issue in that environment. With this older policy, the act of running the custom kernel had terminated your support and thus you had no support contract to report the bug if it was also present when running the Red Hat-provided kernel.


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