Why one of Red Hat’s harshest critics for CentOS Stream is now a fan

Commentary: Many developers criticized Red Hat’s shift to a rolling release for CentOS in December 2020. Find out why one big detractor—the co-founder of CentOS—is changing his tune.

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As if a COVID winter wasn’t bad enough, in December 2020 Red Hat announced that it was shifting away from stable builds of CentOS in favor of the rolling-release development of CentOS Stream. For some, this was tantamount to canceling Christmas. After all, many developers, like this one, used CentOS as a drop-in replacement for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and wrote that it was “a way to get the benefits of Red Hat without paying for it.” Some developers, in short, wanted the benefit of RHEL but not the price tag. They weren’t happy about the change, as Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols detailed in his ZDNet article Red Hat resets…

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