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Old 01-08-2007, 10:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy Understanding Redhat License

Hi All,

My Query is regarding the license issue of RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).As far as I know ,RHEL had become commercial after Redhat Linux 9.Today to use RHEL , we have to get a licensed copy of RHEL from RedHat.

The following are my queries.

1 ) Linux is free software and it uses GPL License. I want to know
after RedHat had become commercial , RHEL is using some other
license apart from General Public License.

2) According to Freedom 1 of GPL ,A free software can be
copied and redistributed to others .
So if RHEL is a free software , and anybody is having a Licensed
copy of RHEL from Redhat , and he wants to redistribute to his
friends, then he can do it based on my understanding of the above
Ofcourse the thing is that he will not get support from RedHat.

These are some of my queries regarding RHEL. If I am wrong in my
understanding , please correct me.
Old 01-08-2007, 10:55 PM   #2
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Most of the software in RHEL is under the GPL or some other opensource licences. RHEL is free software, so you can download, use it, copy it and give it away. What you will not get if you do not pay a subscription fee to Redhat is any updates and support. Support and easy updates is basically what you pay for when you take out an RHEL subscription.
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As far as I know, you cannot download it for free from RedHat. But a few distributions, like CentOS, obtained it together with sources and rebuilt it from source (to be sure they know they distribute corresponding source and to remove trademark mentions and artwork). And you can download these for free.

Really, the only caveat when redistributing RedHat is trademark issue. At least if you take any money for copying and call it 'a copy of RedHat distribution disk, surely without support' you are using their trademark to sell something.

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