Thursday, February 04, 2010

Can someone explain this to me? - PART 2

As a follow up to my earlier post, Red Hat believes in the freedom of choice last I heard. So if I choose to buy an open source virtualization product from a pure open source company then why I am being forced to use a proprietary operating system to control it?

Where is the freedom of choice in that?


snerd said...

Erm - because that's what was written when they bought the company, and they're porting everything to linux?

Adam Williamson said...

Right. Your choice right now is 'proprietary OS-based control interface' or 'no control interface at all'. No matter how awesome we are, we can't magic a Linux version of it out of our rear ends instantly. So after buying the company, we kept the existing Windows software available while we work on the Linux port. Hope that explains it.

Devine said...

You aren't forced to use Windows. KVM plugs into libvirt. You could just use one of the linux-server-friendly management tools such as the one from oVirt or OpenQRM.
You could even just use virt-Manager (the newer the version the better).

It is not as though you are being locked into a proprietary standard at all. There are alternate tools of equal (or better) quality freely available.

Devine said...

Also, you are buying a product. You are choosing to buy into what Red Hat provides. Tough luck.

At least with Red Hat you have alternatives. Take a look at VMware and VSphere. Still think Red Hat is bad?

David Nielsen said...

You are free to choose between the windows version now, nothing or waiting for Red Hat to finish their Linux based offering for the product (something they have already stated they are working on).

You sadly confuse freedom of choice with entitlement of choice.

moonpup said...

Thank you everyone for the input. I was not aware of this acquisition and am sure most people looking at the product documentation would know that either.

I think it's great that they are working on porting it over, but it would be nice if they stated such on the website/documentation so that people don't get the wrong impression.