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In comparison, Red Hat actively worked on making sure that projects based on RHEL know exactly what to remove/change and made it easy to replace those parts that contain the Red Hat trademark.

Red Hat has changed the way it distributes Enterprise Linux kernel code in an effort to prevent Oracle and Novell from stealing its customers, making it more difficult for these competitors to understand which patches have been applied where. In essence, Red Hat is trying to hide information from these competitors that is essential to providing support for RHEL specifically.

these two actually match - redhat strictly sees selling support as it's business, so cloning RHEL is no seen a threat to them, but supporting RHEL *is seen as a threat*.

Well. Maybe RedHat support should simply get better? ;)


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