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Old 01-24-2008, 07:57 AM   #1
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Questions about open source linux like Red Hat. Isit Free?

Hi, i am new here, am just curious about open source Linux and Red Hat. this is for a school project actually.

is Red Hat actually free? because when i go to their site (download page) it states that i have to pay $80 for the download.
The Linux standard. For businesses, governments, or other users looking for stable, supported, and certified Linux. Available for immediate download starting at $80.
but since Red Hat is open source and open source states that derived works can be redistributed freely right? so it means that if i buy Red Hat or somehow got it, i can redistribute it freely? then y would anyone pay $80 for the download? for the services right? so license is completely free? and i can install Red Hat on as many computers as possible?

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You can use Centos which is a free community clone of Red Hat
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Certain distribution contains some proprietary codes or software in the distribution, making you unable to redistribute the whole distribution. But generally yes, you can download the distro and install it in as many PCs as you want. I'm not sure about Red Hat's redistribution terms, but you can try out Fedora Core, Ubuntu, etc. as they're all free (as in freedom).

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thanks, still welcome answers, just dont want to be presenting the wrong info tmr, that the lecturer will just minus my marks


thanks for the really fast replies.

and also just want to know if java is open source too.

think so right?

13.November.2006—Sun believes deeply in creating communities and sharing innovations and technologies to foster more participation. Today in a historic move, Sun is opening the door to greater innovation by open sourcing key Java implementations—Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME), and Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE)—under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2), the same license as GNU/Linux. » Read more.

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Old 01-24-2008, 09:33 AM   #5
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you need to read the open source license... known as gnu public license...
basically it states that you can install these applications for personal home use with no charge...and distribute them as a whole for no charge..but the license holder may charge for support so as to limit you in that way..
redhat like others(xandros, novell(sled/s)) charge for support..fedora is supported free and is redhat with a few apps missing out of the distro...


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