[CentOS] RHEL Subscriptions

Thu Aug 22 20:42:36 UTC 2013
m.roth at 5-cent.us <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

Michael Coffman wrote:
> FWIW - The current iteration of redhat's subscription seems to require you
> to have all systems on an up to date subscription if you want to use the
> OS
> - for anything on anything.   At least that's the way we've interpreted
> it.   This did not use to be the case.   Previous iterations said you were
> free to use the OS after the subscription expired.
>>From the subscription overview here:   (key words in the following, "if
>> you have no other active subscriptions")
> http://www.redhat.com/about/subscription/howitworks.html
> "If you choose to let all your subscriptions expire and have no other
> active subscriptions in your organization, you retain the right to use the
> software, but your entire environment will no longer receive any of the
> subscription benefits, including:
>    - The latest certified software versions.
>    - Security errata or bug fixes.
>    - Red Hat technical support.
>    - Access to the Customer Portal.
>    - Red Hat's Open Source Assurance."
I think you're misinterpreting. I read it as saying that if you let your
subscriptions lapse, then you can use up2date, or file bugs (other than as
someuseroutthere or get technical support, etc. It does not, in any way I
can interpret, say that you can't keep running the systems, or, say,
update them from CentOS repositories.

Certainly, I would expect that to be the case, given the GPL.