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Im pretty new to Linux and I have one question: Can I use Red Hat Linux 9 shrike for free? Please don't ask why RHL 9 and don't tell me to use some other distro.. Cause I wanted to use it on ded. server, but the provider said I need to pay some monthly fee for license
Correct. Don't pay a cent for a free distribution. If you need support you can always ask here at LinuxQuestions! You can download RH9 from LQ ISO. Despite its age, Red Hat 9 is still the most downloaded distro! Maybe a lot of people don't know they can install Red Hat for free using CentOS.
There are two main HUGE problems with running RH9. First there have been no updates for it in YEARS(since 2003?). This leaves the system extremely vulnerable and means that it will not support a lot of hardware that is newer than that (Sata for example). Second, since it has not been supported in years, the pool of people who will be able to help you with any issues is going to be extremely small.
RHEL(Red Hat Enterprise Linux) was the line that started after the straight RH line was dropped(right after RH9). RHEL5.3 is current but RH does charge to download/update it. Fortunately Centos is RHEL with the logos removed. Centos is free to download/update and is binary compatible with RHEL(it is made from the same source code).