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Red Hat & CentOS Collaborate To Build A Better Cloud

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Red Hat has announced collaboration with the CentOS Project with the goal of speeding up innovation in the ever-changing enterprise open source landscape. Up until this point, CentOS has been a Red Hat clone, taking their open sourced code and turning it into a free Linux based operating system for use in enterprise computing.

There is no indication that Red Hat will put a price tag on CentOS; rather, Red Hat hopes to speed the development of key technologies such as OpenStack, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure and OpenShift. "We believe the open source development process produces better code, and a community of users creates an audience that makes code impactful," says Brian Stevens, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Red Hat.

Some may draw comparisons to Red Hat's Fedora Project. The Fedora Project, created in 2003, is an open source Linux distribution like CentOS but Red Hat is drawing a clear distinction. In contrast to Red Hat's consistent commercial and enterprise ready services, Fedora releases provide more innovation at the cost of less consistency between releases.

CentOS will fill this gap by retaining some of the innovation of an open source model while maintaining stability with the help of Red Hat. "CentOS owes its success not just to the source code it's built from, but to the hard work and enthusiasm of its user community," says Karanbir Singh, lead developer at the CentOS Project. "Now that we are able to count Red Hat among the active contributors to the CentOS Project, we have access to the resources and expertise we'll need to expand the scope and reach of the CentOS community while remaining committed to our current and new users."

This is a substantial move for Red Hat as it looks like they will mostly be taking the reigns of CentOS governance; the majority of the governing board for the CentOS project will be Red Hat employees. The collaboration also aims to create a more transparent and merit-based governance model.

For more information see Red Hat's FAQ on the subject.

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James Sullivan is a freelance technology writer whose concentrations include cloud computing and video game development. He is based in Portland, Oregon.

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