Insane Comment Spam

If anyone knows of a good comment spam killer, please let me know by e-mail. I am probably going to disable comments until I can figure out what to do about it. Akismet is not working anymore.

CentOS 5 and RHEL 5

CentOS 5 was finally released this week after RHEL 5 was released earlier this month. I did an install on a spare server to play around with it, and so far so good. I may post a more in depth review after I’ve logged some more time playing around.

I just read an article in eWeek titled Red Hat should lighten up.

I think Red Hat’s current policy of requiring subscriptions for access to RHEL is flawed. CentOS has a huge userbase which could contribute more directly to the development and community around RHEL if Red Hat opened up RHEL to users who don’t need support.

I understand that there are definite costs to having mirrors for all of the users. Many companies have stepped up and offered mirrors, and I think they would have no problem continuing to do so if Red Hat opened RHEL.

Since CentOS currently has a 2-3 day lead time to download the new source RPMS and compile them for the OS’s after they are released, why not do the same for the free version of RHEL? Add that as another advantage to buying a subscription — priority updates.

If there were a free version of RHEL, it could also change Oracle’s plans on Unbreakable Linux, which like CentOS, is just another rebadged RHEL.

I think that what bugs me the most is that there’s so much wasted productivity in the rebadging/recompiling/etc that could be better utilized in the further development of the OS.

I do understand Red Hat’s position on RHEL. I do see potential downsides to opening it up — the main one being that some users that now pay for subscriptions might switch to the free version. However, I think the potential benefits outweigh the risks.