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If you wish to use RedHat 9 as a server, no, you do not need a license but you should know that this distro is very outdated. If you wish to use RHEL, you will need to purchase it from RedHat, or use one of the RHEL clones such as CentOS, or Whitehat.
A good server distro though, is Slackware, if you wish to go that route.
Speaking of server licences. Is there a particular distro that is better than another? I have the oppertunity to put 10 servers in place. Linux is the ave that im going to go. From what i have been reading it sounds like Red Hat is too expensive. Mandrake sounds like you can join there club and update as many boxes as you want. Im not sure about Suse.
Can i get some other peoples input on this. Thanks in advance. I want to make a good long term decision.
ahh, the true sign of a windows admin, always faithful to ask about licenses
in that case, read the GPL, and LGL, about 60-90% of all software is under those licenses, the rest use a BSD style (there own, big projects usually do this, like X, and i think apache), and a rare few use one that cant fall under either the GPL, or BSD styles
and the costs are 0$ .... you can download most distros for free, and use them fully. I say Gentoo is good, but i don't use it as full server, but it wont be hard to do .... just as long as
1) you can read a manual
2) you can use the command line