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By pablom902 ·
Hello!
I know this could sound strange but I don't know how to deal with Linux licenses. Is it free if I download it? Or may I download it and use it with no fee?
I've visited Red Hat website and it is not clear for me.
Thank you for your help.

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by softcorp.us In reply to Linux License?

Hello...

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RedHat's Enterprise Linux is not a free download. You must buy it. RedHat's Fedora Linux is free to download and use.

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Both are open source and the source code is a free download. If your download the source code for RedHat Enterprise Linux, you'll have to build each component yourself. I do not recommend this unless you are a Linux wiz.

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Licenses can vary, so you'll need to read each one. But, the one general constant is that the source code is "open source" and available for free or a nominal duplication fee.

Does this answer your question?

-----Steve Jackson

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by TheChas In reply to Linux License?

Red Hat Linux is no longer free-ware.

Any new distribution of Red Hat "Enterprise" will require a license and a key.

The primary reason for charging for Red Hat is to recoup support costs.

The "free" version of Red Hat (with NO support) is now Fedora Linux.

I think that you have until sometime this April to still download the last free-ware version of Red Hat 9.
There will be no support or patches distributed for the "free" versions of Red Hat.

Bottom line, either pay for the latest version of Red Hat, or switch to Fedora or another "free" Linux distribution.

Chas

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