Red Hat Pushes Forward with CentOS [VIDEO]

Friday Nov 21st 2014 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Red Hat EVP and President Paul Cormier explains how CentOS fits in and why Red Hat doesn't draw a line for open source.

At the beginning of 2014, Red Hat embraced the community CentOS Linux distribution. It's a move that brought the clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) closer into the Red Hat organization.

In a video interview, Paul Cormier, EVP and President at Red Hat, details how the CentOS relationship has worked out over the course of 2014.Red Hat

"I think it has worked out well for everyone," Cormier said. "The CentOS guys have had access to many more resources, and for us it's a way to give the development world a platform to go off and other pieces of development in open source."

While CentOS is now part of the Red Hat family, it also remains the primary rival in the market for RHEL.

"We're an open-source company and sometimes salespeople have a hard time understanding that," Cormier said. "We decided a long time ago that if you draw a line and say everything below is open and above is closed, it just doesn't work — so we just don't draw the line."

Watch the video interview with Paul Cormier below:


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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