Red Hat and the CentOS Project today said they will team up to build what they called “a new CentOS” in a bid to accelerate adoption of the free operating system.
CentOS is a clone of Red Hat’s most important product, compiled from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and thus could be seen as taking paying customers away from Red Hat. The two organizations could be bitter rivals, but today they showed that they think working together can benefit both the customers who pay Red Hat gobs of money for enterprise-class Linux and those who use CentOS for free.
Although Red Hat gives away all of its source code, it makes more than a billion dollars a year. Software subscription prices guarantee updates, patches, bug fixes, support, training, compatibility with mission-critical applications, and legal protection from patent trolls that target open source users.
via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/7EYwGls4yW0/