Redhat Fedora

Chris Samuel csamuel at
Mon Sep 29 20:36:50 EDT 2003

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On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 06:23 am, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:

> Indeed: by demanding Red Hat / SuSE you may already be using a
> proprietary solution (since you can't redistribute their Linux
> versions).

For RHEL though you can build a free version from source providing you remove 
the RH trademarked items.  I don't believe this is possible for SLES as that 
contains proprietary code.

> If your vendor only supplies binaries which are vendor/version locked -
> strongly consider changing your vendor.

The problem is that this sort of thing is such a niche market there is often 
only one vendor.  The real issue isn't an overt vendor lock in, just that if 
you're not running what they support then you risk getting shrugged off with 
"we don't support that" if (when?) something goes wrong and need some help.

Personally I like open source a lot, but in our line of work we have to 
provide for our users requirements or they'll go elsewhere.

- -- 
 Christopher Samuel - (03)9925 4751 - VPAC Systems & Network Admin
 Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
 Bldg 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia

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