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Old 06-27-2007, 03:46 AM   #1
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When RHEL is called Pirated

Hello! I have RHEL 4 which I got from my friend. I didn't have any proofs of purchasing that copy from RedHat or any Authorised distributor and also didn't have RHN subscription. Is my RHEL copy "Pirated Copy"?
Is it legall to use this copy of RHEL on a business network?
I know I couldn't enjoy the RHN service but excluding RHN subscription is it legal to use it on Server in a business network?
Old 06-27-2007, 03:50 AM   #2
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i believe that the licensing model was recently firmed up to state that you do need a license for every single installed copy. but there' sno point running redhat without the subscriptions anyway, just use centos instead, and you'll then get access to the downstream reimplmentation of those updates anyway, so will be much better off, albeit with uglier graphics.
Old 06-27-2007, 03:52 AM   #3
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1) Read the licences that surely must come along the software (at your friends' if noplace else)
2) Contact RedHat and ask them what the licence says about usage; most of the software is open source so it shouldn't pose a problem, but their licencing may contain stuff that you can't use without paying.
3) No geek here knows well enough compared to RedHat customer service. Send them an email and ask. If you're afraid to say you've been running the server already for two years, you can always say your friend's in the situation or that you were "thinking about it"
Old 06-27-2007, 09:55 AM   #4
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CentOS is a rebuild of the RHEL Source code that is Legal for you to use, AND you will be able to get updates.. If you wish to run RHEL for free and not worry about Legal issues, do yourself a favor and take a look at CentOS.
CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is free. CentOS is now accepting donations via PayPal, please click the button for more information.
Old 06-28-2007, 05:14 AM   #5
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whitebox is a nother RHEL clone, that has just removeed the branding and logos


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