[nSLUG] kernel setup stack overlaps lilo

Jeff Warnica jeffw at chebucto.ns.ca
Fri Mar 12 16:10:47 AST 2004


"Least open" perhaps. Open Source is a binary state. It doesn't matter
anyway, SuSE has always been relatively closed. They did not sell out;
when they started they started as a commercial entity.

Red Hat was criticized for its distro's development process not being
transparent.
"Red Hat Linux" was sold by everyone with a CD Burner. Even RH
themselves sold an unsupported, media only version at one point.
Depending on whom you bought it from, your copy of RHL may, or may not,
have been supported. This was mildly confusing at best. But it costs
real money to have your tech support people say "that isn't supported" a
hundred times a day.
Technically, by using the "Red Hat" name (and logos), CD companies were
in violation of copyright law. By that same law, RH is obligated to
protect its trademarks or it may loose them.
They were not probably not making much money on the RHL line anyway.
The "Red Hat" name was (at risk of) being diluted.

Fedora is more open to outside development. Or at least transparent.
Fedora is always unsupported by RH.
Any value that the name "Red Hat" is protected.
With a new name, new logos, etc, RH specifically grants rights on
"Fedora". Anyone distributing the unmodified Fedora distro can use the
name, logo - and this is encouraged.

If you alter Fedora in any way, and distribute it, you can no longer
call it "Fedora". This is a good thing.

On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 14:57, Paul Boudreau wrote:
> First, try downloading a SuSE iso. They are without a doubt
> the least open source of the distros.
> Secondly, if there is no difference between Red Hat and
> Fedora, why did they come up with it?
> I wonder myself what the hell Alan Cox is going to do with
> an MBA. He only seems to write in Welsh these days too.
> Believe he uses Debian now. These are strange times we
> live in.




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