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Karsten Wade is a developer community manager for Red Hat, a Fedora Project Board member, and leader of the Fedora Documentation Project. Through Dev Fu (, Karsten presents content and commentary from the voices of Red Hat and JBoss developers.

How to make your own open source value chain - EPEL in Business

This talk was accepted for Red Hat Summit 2008. Agenda (full) or online mini-abstract. A blog post, EPEL duple at the Red Hat Summit tells a bit more.


Learn how Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux is more than a repository of community-supported add-on software; it is a way to gain the advantages of the open source process for software you produce and need.

Abstract Summary

How can a vendor or business user participate in the Enterprise Linux process six to eighteen months in advance of the beta? What can you do to gain the advantages of the open source process for part or all of a software stack that you support on Enterprise Linux?

Get introduced in this presentation to Fedora Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), a solution to a long-standing problem for people who support software for and deploy on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It may be the next way you produce or support enterprise open source software.


EPEL is more than packages that didn't get chosen to go into Enterprise Linux that a community wants to support. EPEL is more than a stable branch of Fedora derived software. EPEL is an opportunity for you to get the software you produce or want in your enterprise to go through the Fedora testing and adoption lifecycle. A chance to create your own open source value chain.

Thinking about open sourcing some or all of your application stack? Common library not in Enterprise Linux? Perl modules your IT team relies upon? Alternate applications you prefer from the one's supported by Red Hat?

One of the problems Enterprise Linux solves is giving a longer lead time and longer support life for a particular version. This lets vendors tie their products to a version; customers get a product they can build a full lifecycle around; independent creators have a platform they can play against when innovating new technical and business ideas.

But in this process, Red Hat can only support an increasingly smaller percentage of all possible software. EPEL solves this by providing a single community, tools, processes, and methodologies for branching open source software to be supported alongside Enterprise Linux.

This presentation is for ISVs/IHVs, business, and other organizations that consume software not supported directly in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Learn what EPEL is, how to benefit, and, most importantly, why to get involved.