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Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
Red Hat reveals CentOS plans
First things first. Here's what Red Hat is not planning to do with CentOS: 1) Red Hat's not going to charge you for CentOS; 2) CentOS will not be replacing Red Hat's community distribution, Fedora; and 3) CentOS is not being put out to pasture to die. OK? OK!
So, what is Red Hat planning? Well, I'll let Karsten Wade, Red Hat's CentOS Engineering Manager, tell you what he told me and an audience at the Linux Foundation's Linux Collaboration Summit.
Wade opened by saying that getting CentOS under the Red Hat umbrella took about a year and a half of work, but they didn't try to agree on the technical details. That part is what they've been working on for the last few months.
Red Hat did this because it believes there are three very different ways that 70 to 80 percent people tend to use Red Hat Linux distros. Businesses that want a lot of support and device and staff certification pay for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Fedora is for users, often developers who use the latest and greatest Linux and open-source software and want to be ahead of the curve. CentOS is for Linux experts who can handle their own support and want a stable platform.
At the same time, CentOS was seeing that its users wanted some cool new software that the Fedora fans were getting, while keeping the stability of RHEL. Since CentOS didn't have the resources to do this, they were open to incorporating their Linux distribution with Red Hat.