"We made the change, quite honestly, because we are absolutely making a set of steps that make it more difficult for competitors that wish to provide support services on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux," Red Hat chief technology officer Brian Stevens tells The Register, before naming those competitors. "Today, there are two competitors that I'm aware of that go to our customers directly, offering to support RHEL directly for them...Oracle and Novell."
"The work that we've done should not impede companies from building their own versions of Linux and supporting those for their customers," he says. "All the code we deliver through RHEL is out there. In most cases, the changes that go into RHEL. We already distribute into the upstream kernel. We have an upstream-first policy, where we're developing openly and then later integrating into our tree and then delivering it. So it shouldn't at all impede the community or anybody that's in the business of competing on that."
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