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coolgreen1 04-23-2010 11:50 AM


Do I have to have my system registered with the RHN to receive updates, or will I still receive updated without it being registered?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

XavierP 04-23-2010 11:58 AM

I believe that once the trial period expires, if you aren't a subscriber (which costs), you will cease receiving updates. If you need RH but can't afford the fees, switch to CentOS - it's RH without the logos and is completely free.

coolgreen1 04-23-2010 06:26 PM


Thank you for your reply. I am using the RHEL 6 beta, does this work the same as the trial? Will the updates end after 30 days, or do they last until the beta ends?

John VV 04-23-2010 11:36 PM

install CentOS or pay Red Hat .

DrLove73 04-24-2010 03:26 AM

This it NOT official Red Hat policy, but my opinion:
RHEL 6 Beta is publicly downloadable. All are even encouraged to download it and try it so it is as much tested as possible. And I believe they will allow you to update until the official release (since you will be able to use official release for 30 days anyway) so people can test and bug report against the fixed packages as well.

But once official release is released, (30 days expires?) you will have to pay for it.

CentOS project has no intention in building beta version of RHEL 6. They stated that RHEL 6 Beta should be used so people bug report directly to upstream (Red Hat). Once official release source is published CentOS project will start building CentOS 6.0 and I BELIEVE they will publish it within 2 months from RHEL 6.0 official release so we can use it and update for free.

To recap. Use RHEL 6 Beta freely until CentOS 6.0 is released and then switch to CentOS 6.0 if you do not intend to pay for RHEL support.

coolgreen1 04-24-2010 09:29 AM


Thank you all for your help. I understand how updating works now for beta versions of RHEL now.

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