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Old 04-29-2009, 07:06 AM   #1
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RHL 9 shrike

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

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As far as I know there are no fees - I don't know why anyone would pay support for an unsupported distro. Perhaps they thought you meant the current RH offerings.
Old 04-29-2009, 07:34 AM   #3
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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.
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Welcome to LQ!!

As a general rule, telling people not to tell you something is counterproductive. In this case, you have not given any good reason for using a (very) obsolete distro. ("ded. server" tells us nothing.)

If you give a more complete description of what you are doing, you will get better help.
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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).
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Pixellany, perhaps Nucly meant "DEAD server" and wanted to use RH9 to pretty much guarantee that someone could crack it and kill it.


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