Red Hat Flag
Or, What Is Red Hat Doing To Linux?
I’ve seen what to me are disturbing patterns in what’s happening with Red Hat’s influence on core components used by Linux distributions. The latest came just after I discovered that some Flash-based DRM schemes are now using HAL for enforcement. As consolekit has always behaved like a broken DRM scheme, denying the user permission to use their own system, I wondered what was next now that HAL is deprecated – consolekit?
Then I read that udev is now being added to the systemd code, and Red Hat is sounding like they won’t support it unless you integrate it with systemd. Next, I read that systemd is now being expanded to replace consolekit/policykit!
It makes me wonder, now that a few Red Hat employees seem to be in control of the core components used by most distributions, what is their game?
I can’t answer that at present – it’s a question. I keep thinking I need to look into all this and write about it, but I’m loaded with projects right now. I dropped a few links to the above issues in this reply to a poor unsuspecting reader who unknowingly opened the subject with me. ;) So for now, I just wanted to point out that discussion and some of the links there – at least make yourself aware of these changes so you can give your distro feedback, and also make careful choices.
Me, I’m already looking to take whatever road systemd is not on.
Update: A well deserved rant on this from a (now former) Arch Linux user who describes how these changes are affecting that distro, with links to some mailing list discussions and related material.