[CentOS] Is Oracle a real alternative to Centos?

Tue Dec 15 11:07:09 UTC 2020
Peter Huebner <huebner_p at mail.de>

Am Dienstag, den 15.12.2020, 10:14 +0100 schrieb Ruslanas Gžibovskis:
> GPL stuff applies only to GPL parts, but they can have Oracle blob in
> everything. The same time, TM's and so on...
According to the Oracle license terms and official statements, it is
"free to download, use and share. There is no license cost, no need for
a contract, and no usage audits."
Recommendation only: "For business-critical infrastructure, consider
Oracle Linux Support." Only optional, not a mandatory requirement.
see: https://www.oracle.com/linux

> Also For example, according to RH license. You can install evaluation
> Version every month on your development system, where sysadmin
> develops a
> platform for the developer, but as soon when this platform is ready,
> it is
> a production system, but no-one will come to you and check, is it
> really
> still under development or it is already prod platform, which is
> rebuilt
> every 3 weeks with jerkins job... (yes, Mr. Jerkins) :)
No need for such a construct. Oracle Linux can be used on any
production system without the legal requirement to obtain a extra
commercial license. Same as in CentOS.

> Legal and "can do" are 2 different things. ;)
So Oracle Linux can be used free as in "free-beer" currently for any
system, even for commercial purposes. Nevertheless, Oracle can change
that license terms in the future, but this applies as well to all other
company-backed linux distributions.
Peter Huebner