Red Hat free of charge

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  1. Andz

    Andz Registered Member

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    I have heard rumors that it is possible to get the Red Hat OS without paying. Is this true or would doing so violate their intellectual property rights?
     
  2. SirDrexl

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    I don't think so, but CentOS is pretty much a RHEL clone without the branding.
     
  3. J_L

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    Sure, the usual piracy. Maybe company/student perks. Haven't seen any public giveaways.

    Anyways, other popular Red Hat clones include Scientific Linux and Oracle Linux. There are more, but they're far less notable.
     
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    You can freely download the source and build the OS yourself, but there is not a readily built version available for download.
    To redistribute the built OS to others; trademarks (as mentioned) must be removed, as Centos does.
    You might as well use Centos if you want Redhat for free as atleast you can get some support from Centos which you won't get from Redhat and Centos tries to be 100% Redhat compatible.

    Cheers, Nick
     
  5. Andz

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    Thanks, guys. I think I will just pay for it.
    One more question. I noticed (according to Wikipedia) Red Hat supports versions for up to 13 years. Is it really a good idea to use one version of a distro for that long?
     
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    If you want but like the others I would just use CentOS.
     
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    Its great for servers that do routine jobs and can be left for a long time.
    Note Redhat releases new versions more frequently (approx 3 or 4 years).

    Cheers, Nick.
     
  8. Andz

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    I'm running it now for the first time and works great. Hopefully I'll get at least a good year out of it to justify the 49 USD. So far it reminds me of how solid Ubuntu used to be.
     
  9. NormanF

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    Why?

    For personal use, install Fedora, which is the Redhat-supported community distribution based on Redhat.
     
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    Support, stability, package availability might matter regardless of being for personal use or not.

    Cheers, Nick
     
  11. Andz

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    I tried Fedora 19 and didn't like it. Red Hat is much better. It's almost hard to believe the two are related based on my little experience.
     
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    Was it because of the desktop environment, or was it more than that?
     
  13. mack_guy911

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    Andz please try CentOS or scientific linux you dont going to disappointed :)
     
  14. Andz

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    It's more about what I like about Red Hat than what I don't like in Fedora. With Red Hat I can go from blank disk to perfect desktop in minutes. (It's as if Red Hat read my mind and created an OS specifically for my taste.)
    Regarding CentOS et al, I have heard they lag behind when getting security updates to users. I would rather go straight to the source.
    After a few days I can say my experience with Red Hat is positive so far.
     
  15. noons

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    My problem with RHEL or centos on a desktop is how OLLLLD everything is. Yea great for a server to be sure of absolute stability, but I would never run it on my personal desktop.. I personally benefit more from the latest and greatest desktop environment and software, plus desktop bugs seem to come up / get resolved in major version changes. To each their own though..
     
  16. Andz

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    noons, you raise an interesting point. It gave me pause when I learned that, ostensibly, Google does not even support Chrome on the current version of Red Hat. Google thinks Red Hat is obsolete!

    After using Red Hat for several days, I have noticed the experience is nothing like Ubuntu. I can't install anything in Red Hat. Flash, *.mp3 support, nothing. My only recourse would be to add some weird repository.

    Until then, I am pretty much left with only the Red Hat disc and some Yum commands.

    It may seem irrational, but I actually disliked Fedora enough that I am willing to live with Red Hat's limitations.
     
  17. NormanF

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    Koraa, which is based on Fedora, supplies what you have to install in Fedora. For those who don't want to tweak Fedora, Koraa is the solution. :thumb:
     
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    Did you mean Korora?
    Too bad there's no XFCE desktop choice, only Gnome and KDE.
     
  19. mack_guy911

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    i suggest you try scientific linux with 6.4 with this repository on live usb or cd

    http://scientificlinuxforum.org/index.php?showtopic=2370

    as your security is concern you can enable fast security fix repository in SL

    scientific is made by cern so i guess pretty much secure by default but yes 3rd party we have to trust for extra package ..........i do trust tux99 repository for media but then its up to us :)

    because it one of old members of forums and he know our biggest problem is basic needs like flash vlc player etc simple softwares so he create a repository for himself which he share with others as well many thanks for him for that :)

    as office you can in libre offce from source and maybe kingsoft as well which i didnt try on SL

    Read this forums lot of great information even you dont like SL you can still use useful information on others like centos redhat.....etc


    also redhat is base on fedora 12 very old gnome 2.28

    long time back i wrote some things which still work on SL linux as its base on same fedora 12 core + expect repository things check it out interesting read

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=265473
     
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