• November 17, 2006
  • Linux

Red Hat is NOT Carrier-Grade Linux

By Glenn Seiler

There was a very interesting announcement yesterday from Red Hat regarding a collaboration with Nokia for carrier grade server systems. The most interesting thing I noticed about this news was how the term “Carrier Grade Linux” was not mentioned once in the entire document. There were several mentions of Carrier Grade Servers – it even went so far as calling them Enterprise Servers, but not one mention of Carrier Grade Linux.

One of the really beneficial things about standards like the OSDL’s Carrier Grade Linux is that they exemplify the very best practices in open source. Carrier Grade Linux is an open specification that 6 different Linux vendors have compliance with. This compliance delivers the promised value of open source: avoiding monopoly, delivering a level playing field and avoiding vendor lock-in. Funny thing that Red Hat is the only major Linux vendor that is not participating in the Carrier Grade Linux standards effort. I guess if you consider yourself the Microsoft of the Linux world, then you might falsely think that you ARE the standard. I like to believe that logic always prevails and Red Hat might do well to think through this premise: if you are NOT supporting the accepted standards than you must be NON-STANDARD!

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