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Old 10-05-2005, 11:50 PM   #1
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about CentOS

I recently heard a linux distro. - CentOS , is it the same OS as Redhat ? As I know that there is relationship among them , isn't it ? thx
Old 10-06-2005, 03:34 AM   #2
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Thanks to the wonders of GPL, CentOS guys can (legally!) take Redhat sources and compile them on their own, after removing any copyrighted and trademarked material (which means mostly things like logos and mentions of Redhat) So yes, CentOS is basically the same product as Redhat's Enterprise Linux, but offered without the guarantee of support for which Redhat charges big bucks.

There are a number of other very similar projects : for example Tao Linux, Scientific Linux, Whitebox. Tao and Whitebox are a lot smaller (just a couple of developers at most). CentOS seems to have a larger community behind it. Scientific Linux is developed by a number of research and university facilities such as CERN and Fermilabs.
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thx reply , if they are the same thing , is that mean I can download the rpm file from Redhat site and install it to CentOS ? thx
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CentOS according to my experience, is really good. I've introduced it to several people. And I know of around half a dozen of admins who use CentOS as production systems. As far as the impression goes, CentOS feels RHEL as far as you can think CentOS logo stand for RH logo.

ferrix has given a very good introduction. I guess CentOS will provide commercial support sooner than we would think. But for now if you require vendor support, one have to stick with Red Hat.

This is extracted from CentOS home page:
CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is free.

See the CentOS general FAQ also. Release Notes contain the information about the changes made from RH.

Eventhough CentOS people have been asked not to use the words "Red Hat" to avoid legal hassels, Red Hat people have shown no rivalry. Credits for Red Hat.

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