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There is a certain backlash against Redhat among most technically-minded Linux users.

I don't really think that's accurate. There is a lot of noise out there, it's hard to sort out the signal sometimes.

There are a lot of young kids who are pretty vocal, who don't really contribute much to Linux except for making screenshots of their K-Rad desktops... I think that a lot of these types are the ones who badmouth Red Hat out of some unfounded fears that they are becoming the Microsoft of Linux.

The fact remains that Red Hat pays some of the very best Linux developers, and they have contributed immense amounts of code to Linux, all under the GPL. There is always room for disagreement whenever design decisions are made, but I think most "technically minded" users have more warm fuzzies than they have cold pricklies for Red Hat.
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