[CentOS] redhat vs centos

Wed Nov 2 22:36:45 UTC 2011
Dennis Jacobfeuerborn <dennisml at conversis.de>

On 11/02/2011 06:34 AM, Ned Slider wrote:
> On 01/11/11 22:26, Dennis Jacobfeuerborn wrote:
>> On 11/01/2011 09:36 PM, Ned Slider wrote:
>>> On 01/11/11 18:27, Bob Hoffman wrote:
>>>> David Miller wrote
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>>>> You can go with the self support option. Seeing you are willing to go with CentOS as long
>>>> as there are timely updates. That tells me you dont really care about getting "support" from
>>>>       the vendor. You can pick up workstation self support for $50 and server for $350 a year.
>>>>       That means you will get all the updates but just can't call or open tickets with Redhat.
>>>>       The limitations imposed by Redhat for "Support" they will provide are artificial.
>>>>       Although Redhat says it will only support 2 sockets and x amount of virtual guests you can still do it.
>>>> ---------------------------
>>>>      From what I saw on the redhat site they have also taken away that
>>>> support/subscription model.
>>>> They have standard support as minimum, for me it would be 4,000+ or more
>>>> for my 2 little non-commercial servers...forget it.
>>> First option, Desktop Self-support Subscription (1 year) $49:
>>> https://www.redhat.com/apps/store/desktop/
>>> First option, Server Self-support Subscription (1 year) $349
>>> https://www.redhat.com/apps/store/server/
>>> A 2 socket virtualization platform is $1,999 giving unlimited virtual
>>> guests.
>> Just to be sure does that mean that for $2000 I can install on one physical
>> system and unlimited guests on that system or does that mean the $2000 are
>> only for the host system with the *ability* to host an unlimited number of
>> guests and I still have to buy a subscription for each individual guest on
>> top of that?
>> Regards,
>>      Dennis
> All I can tell you is that our virtualization licenses allow you to
> install on 1 host (up to 2 sockets), and on *that* one host you can then
> install as many RHEL guests as you like and they will all be entitled to
> updates through RHN without consuming any further entitlements. So
> unlimited entitled RHEL guests.

Is that the $2000 license or how much do you pay for that? I'm trying to 
understand if the costs of licensing RHEL are actually feasible for and 
right now I'm a bit perplexed that their licensing isn't all that clear.
If the license indeed includes the entitlements for RHEL guests on that 
host then this actually looks manageable  but if you have to pony up more 
on top of that for each VM then something like debian looks indeed more