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Actually, individual users shouldn't need to use RHEL5 (i.e. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5).
Enterprises (companies) should never run anything unlicensed. Individuals should use one of the free distributions. If you want to stick with Red Hat sponsored things, use Fedora. It, as well as other distributions, can be set up with the same open source server applications as is in RHEL5.
Distribution: RHEL/CentOS/SL 5 i386 and x86_64 pata for IDE in use
[Soapbox mode engage]
Why??? because you say so??? You do realize Red Hat Enterprise Linux has a Desktop version???
Why should individuals use a "free distribution" instead of a subscribtion based version?? Are we not free to choose what support we want?? Have you not heard of the freely available 100% binary compatible "clones" of RHEL like CentOS or Scientific Linux??
Some have a need for [or want / prefer] an enterprise class OS with long term support versus the leading edge limited (2 year life span) of Fedora.
[Soapbox mode disengage]
[Now, where was that soapbox.. ]
In this case though, the headline is "pirate". If you want to use pirated software, stick to Microsoft. (not that I would encourage any form of pirating, of course...)
By all means, if you need and can afford paid for support, subscribe to RHEL, SLED, or any of the others. It is wrong, as well as unnecessary, to use these without subscription though.
[handing back the soapbox]
I am trying to get a definitive answer to a very basic red hat licensing question.
1. User goes to redhat website and signs up for a 30 day evaluation subscription
2. User downloads Redhat Enterprise Linux RPM and installs it
3. 30 days pass
4. Does the user have a valid license to use the software, without support, indefinitely?
Does anyone know the answer? I cannot seem to get a straight answer from Redhat on this and their license agreement is too cryptic for me to understand.
I've read your post in a different thread and I think you got a helpful response. After the 30 day period, you can continue using whatever software you already installed on your system, but you will not be able to get any updates or support from RedHat. I personally think that you are better off using the likes of CentOS or Scientific Linux if you cannot afford an RHEL license, if you are not willing to pay for one or you do not need support. These are very good RHEL clones and you will still get updates from them.