RHEL Copyright Removal
rocky at atipa.com
Fri Nov 21 11:25:56 EST 2003
On Fri, 21 Nov 2003 neil.brown at syngenta.com wrote:
> Hi all,
> We're having a bit of a dilemma here, as I'm sure many others are, about
> what to use as our standard Linux distro with the end of life of the Red Hat
> family. RHEL or SLES are looking favourites in terms of supportability, but
> of course there's the not insignificant problem of cost. The thought of
> having to pay at least $179 per server, with around 50 compute nodes, along
> with various other non-beowulf Linux servers doesn't appeal.
> I've been trying to find out how much effort it takes to strip the RH
> copyrighted bits out of RHEL and compile it for our own use and whether
> doing so reduces it's functionality a great deal. I've trawled the web and
> usenet, but not found much to write home about on the subject.
> Have any of you had experiences with such an exercise? Were they positive?
> How much effort was required? I believe ROCKS is based on RHEL 2.1 (not sure
> whether it's ES or AS) so it surely can't be that bad as a cluster oriented
For 2.1, I am unsure if there are any binary releases out there or not.
For 3, there are a couple groups doing work with this. One is called White
Box Enterprise Linux and has binaries up at
Another group, www.caosity.org, is doing the same thing, but does not yet
have ISO's available. I am involved with this project and we expect to
have a testing release out in the next week or so.
I've also heard that ROCKS is putting together a rebuild for their own
use, but I was unable to find any information about it after a short
I also know of several other groups that have internal projects to do
the same thing.
rocky at atipatechnologies.com
rmcgaugh at atipa.com
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