[CentOS] not a Centos topic, but since many had concerns ......

Tue Feb 2 23:21:30 UTC 2021
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On 2/2/21 5:10 PM, R C wrote:
> On 2/2/21 4:04 PM, Matthew Miller wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 02, 2021 at 03:49:35PM -0700, R C wrote:
>>> This is what I read today, might have been around longer though, 
>>> don't know.
>>> "New Year, new Red Hat Enterprise Linux programs: Easier ways to
>>> access RHEL"
>>> https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/new-year-new-red-hat-enterprise-linux-programs-easier-ways-access-rhel 
>> It came out a few weeks ago but the program is live as of yesterday.
>> In short:
>> 1. Register at https://developers.redhat.com/register
>> 2. You'll now see a developer subscription allowing up to 16 systems 
>> listed
>>     at https://access.redhat.com/management/subscriptions
>> 3. Download and install from 
>> https://developers.redhat.com/products/rhel/download
>> 4. sudo subscription-manager register --username $USERNAME
>>     (where $USERNAME is the email address you registered with)
>> and there you go.
>> It says "Developer Subscription" but the new terms allow each 
>> individual to
>> have up to 16 systems for production use. See the (single page) terms 
>> here:
> I would not use it for production, or commercial purposes, just so I 
> have the same at home (or close) as at work. I wonder, does that mean 
> you can have  up to 16 licensed servers/workstations running at a time? 
> Or over time, when you discard equipment, and need to install another 
> machine/desktop, whatever by the time you're at 17 start paying?

When I was thinking similar situation over - with different kind of 
proprietary product free up to some number... my sentiment ended up 
being: OK, I plan all my future well, and fit all into that restricted 
number, let's say 16. But what if at some point they change their mind 
and this number suddenly becomes 12. I definitely can not plan what in 
the future they will do. And specifically recent events showed that they 
do change things.

And the I went free open source route. And never regretted.

But it is everybody's individual decision, and those who make it will 
have only themselves to blame if ever get into trouble as the result.

Incidentally, I for one blame myself that I have to change my routine 
from CentOS [to Debian]. Not that that is much of a hassle. This is not 
the first migration in my life, and hopefully not the last one ;-) - 
meaning long life for myself, not short life for Debian.


> (I am checking that with a redhat rep that we have at work too).
>> https://www.redhat.com/wapps/tnc/viewterms/72ce03fd-1564-41f3-9707-a09747625585?extIdCarryOver=true&sc_cid=701f2000001Css0AAC 
>> It may also be of interest to note something which I hadn't realized 
>> before:
>> this subscription includes the "EUS" offering which provides security
>> updates to select minor releases (so you can "pin" to that minor 
>> release),
>> which is something CentOS never did.
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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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