What is Red Hat doing specifically?
Dictating and deciding the direction of the project to their own benefit while treating community contributions as second class citizen.
Why are those things bad?
Oppression while sending false sense of freedom in any shape or form is bad.
If you dont understand why that is there is very little thing I can help you in that regards.
When did they happen?
This is not one time thing, this has been happening from day one in Fedora and is happening today.
What has happened since?
People stopped contributing to the project and the ecosystem in whole.
Are other organizations behaving in the same way?
On a distribution level I dont think anyone can top Red Hat in that regard but I'm not familiar with other distributions and their community since I been very loyal contributor to the Fedora community and Red Hat for the past 8+ years then I got hit harder then usual by reality how Red Hat operates.
I suspect Novell is second to Red Hat in this regards with OpenSuse followed by Canonical and Debian but basically you will see this pattern forming anywhere where there is an enterprise distribution built upon community one or an enterprise application like zenoss,nagios etc. with an community. ( As in you have two product the enterprise one and the community one ).
What were their consequences?
These things usually end with a divorce ( the exception being those that do not have direct single enterprise counterpart ) with the best case scenario that contributors fork off or continue contributing elsewhere in the ecosystem and the worst case scenario they stop contributing altogether to the ecosystem in whole.
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