[CentOS] Free Redhat Linux (rhel) version 7.2

Tue Apr 5 12:55:02 UTC 2016
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On Tue, April 5, 2016 4:06 am, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Johnny Hughes wrote:
>> On 04/04/2016 08:39 AM, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>>> I read that Redhat was offering their Linux free,
>>> and downloaded the ISO, though I haven't run it.
>>> What do CentOS users think of Redhat's offer?
>> You need read the usage license.
> I glanced through this before downloading the ISO.
> But I can't locate it now on the RedHat website(s).
>> That subscription can only be used in development and not in a
>> production environment.
>> If that works for want you want to use it for then it is an awesome move
>> by Red Hat.
> I run CentOS on two home servers (in different countries),
> and have no ambition to make money from them,
> which I take is the meaning of "production" in this context.

Production means you are benefiting from running server in any form.
Making money is only one form of benefit. The rest are hard to list
without knowing what exactly you do but the general approach in court
would be: you will not be running server and not using it for something.
Apart from testing that some software builds on that you can not use that
server for anything else. And it is not a coincidence that they list
explicitly what you can use it for. Because using it for anything else
will be illegal (which will be established in court, but I have to mention
I am not a lawyer).

I did not read RedHat's license about what we discuss here, but I have
carefully been once through Intel compilers non-for-profit license.
Scientists who I work for are in "non-for-profit" organizations. What they
do, however, does not fall under the "non-for-profit" Intel license.
Because that license prohibits to profit in any form (not on by making
monetary profit from selling things). Other forms of profit would be:
making better code, and potentially getting better job than your colleague
to name one.

In general, benefiting can be anything, even looking at nice RedHat logo
and being pleased with yourself that you were able to install the system.
This is the difference of free license (where you are explicitly permitted
to do anything except...) from non-free (where you are explicitly
permitted to do this, and nothing else).

But don't listen to me, ask the layer.


> Surely there must be many CentOS users like me?
> I found puzzling the suggestion (not by Johnny Hughes)
> that RedHat's offer is of little value.
> --
> Timothy Murphy
> gayleard /at/ eircom.net
> School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin
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Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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