Re: How will fragmentation help Red Hat

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On 2023-07-13 03:12, Simon Matter wrote:
As I found out yesterday, the fragmentation of the "Enterprise Linux"
ecosystem just started to come true.

I've been trying to figure out what SUSE meant when they announced a "hard fork" of RHEL.  If they mean to maintain a fork that remains interface-compatible with RHEL (and a fork that doesn't remain compatible doesn't make much sense, because the thing that everyone wants is the benefit of RHEL's integration with other vendors), then they'll probably periodically branch from Stream, the same way that RHEL does.

If that happens, and if it's successful, the irony is that through poor communication, Red Hat might have actually made progress in creating a *less* fragmented ecosystem of distributions all conforming to a common ABI, descending from Stream.

I expect this is only the beginning
and Red Hat may also start to completely hold back sources of non GPL
software which is part of the "Enterprise Linux" ecosystem.

I think that's exactly the opposite of the direction that Red Hat is moving.  CentOS Stream makes the RHEL product more open than it has ever been -- including making it easier to create real Enterprise-ready products that compete on level ground with RHEL, in ways that clones never could.

I'm really wondering, how will this help anybody and how will this help
Red Hat in the long run?

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