@HPCpodcast: Linux Open Source Guru Greg Kurtzer on Red Hat and the RHEL Source Code Controversy

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Greg Kurtzer

The Linux open source controversy was kicked off in late June when Red Hat announced changes in access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) source code. We discussed this in an earlier episode of this podcast, Sorting through the Linux Source Uproar — Red Hat Sets off a Firestorm, with special guest and HPC software analyst Joe Landman. We’ve also spoken with Greg Kurtzer of CIQ and Mike McGrath of Red Hat for their conflicting perspectives on this issue.

This episode features our conversation with Kurtzer, founder and chief executive officer of CIQ. He is a 20+ year veteran of Linux, open source, and HPC. He is known in the HPC space for developing architectures for performance-intensive computing while working for the U.S. Department of Energy and holding a joint appointment to UC Berkeley. Kurtzer has led several large open source projects, including CentOS Linux, the Warewulf and Perceus cluster toolkits, the container system Singularity (now Apptainer), and most recently, CentOS-successor Rocky Linux.

Related to this conversation is a new industry alliance, established in response to Red Hat’s policy change, led by CIQ, Oracle, and SUSE called the Open Enterprise Linux Association, announced earlier this month.

Up next on @HPCpodcast: Red Hat’s McGrath, who will present that company’s perspective on this issue.

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