Originally Posted by Ihatewindows522
RedHat will let you download their OS for free, after you give them all your personal information (or bogus info) short of a SSN. And after you pay for a year of support, RedHat will graciously allow you to download their "open source" RHEL desktop and allow you to access their little club called the RedHat Network which will allow you to install software via yum and get critical software updates.
Deal sucks if you ask me, just install CentOS.
You're not paying for the OS, you're paying for support. A lot of distros do it, and it can be very helpful in enterprise environments. If you don't need the support then yes, it's a waste of money, but that simply means you're using the wrong distro for your application.