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The ups and downs of cloning Red Hat

The bad news for Red Hat is that programmers now routinely produce clones of the company's premium version of Linux. But the company believes it's actually good news.

The bad news for Red Hat is that programmers now routinely produce clones of the company's premium version of Linux. But the company believes it's actually good news.

CentOS and several other organizations are drafting off Red Hat's work to build a stable version of Linux with long-term support. Red Hat believes the projects can help attract new customers to its own products, but many are perfectly happy the clones and tech support by mailing list and search engines.

News.com will report more on this development Thursday.