Red Hat’s Source Code Policy Change and Community Reactions

Red Hat recently announced that CentOS Stream would be "the sole repository for public RHEL-related source code releases," with the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux only available via the customer portal.

The announcement was met with disappointment and vexation as downstream projects and others within the open source community questioned the policy change. Or, as Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols puts it: "Then all hell broke loose in RHEL clone distro circles and among Linux and open-source developers." 

In this Ars Technica article, Kevin Purdy provides an overview of the situation, noting that Rocky Linux, for example, “intends to maintain what it considers legitimate access to RHEL code under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and make the code public as soon as it exists.”

AlmaLinux, a similarly RHEL-derived distribution, is also working to keep providing RHEL-compatible updates and downstream rebuilds,” Purdy says, although “the process is more labor intensive as we require gathering data and patches from several sources,” according to Jack Aboutboul, community manager for AlmaLinux.

Read more at Ars TechnicaThe Register, and ZDNet.

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