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  1. Pehla

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    we all know linux is free and opensource os...but did u know some distros are pay'd for?!?
    well at least red hat does!! so.. u do know some of them for sale..but wtf?!?
    red hat wants 15 000$ for one year subscripiton?!?!?
    i mean come on... isn't that waaay overpriced?!?!

    https://www.redhat.com/apps/store/server/
     
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    You're paying for the support, which has no reason to be free.

    The actual Linux distro remains free.
     
  3. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    If you're Google, eBay, Amazon or some other huge company that earns billions every year thanks to using Linux you'll happily pay Redhat to always listen to your issues and customize their operating system for exactly what you need.

    Windows Server 2012 Datacenter is 5k$ per processor, too
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    A lot of distros have that model. Ubuntu too.
     
  5. Easy Rhino

    Easy Rhino Linux Advocate

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    wow, welcome back from the year 1999...

    just go with CentOS...
     
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    Wow 5k a processor thats mental ,is that fee so brazen to be per individual core? or the package of cores?.
     
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    per socket. you can always go with a site wide license. and the market justifies the price if you ask me.
     
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    Yeah I except it given the mission critical nature of some but the figure still surprised a bit given its a yearly license , made me rethink supercomputers a bit wow .
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Protip: Don't get one. ;)
     
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    Lol as if ..
     
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    I pass on dying CentOS I stick with comforting Debian
     
  12. Easy Rhino

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    CentOS is not dying. In fact, in the past year it has been revitalized! it takes mere days now to get out a release.
     
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    Google, like companies should do when embracing open source, make their own distribution and hire their own staff to build and support it.

    Now that's open source. Paying Redhat a fee is almost just like paying Sun, HP, or IBM for their old UNIXes. Except they were crappy on top of the cost.
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Depends entirely on what sort of company you run and what you do.
     
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    redhat is barnone the enterprise operating system. it scales much better than windows server and costs much less. paying them a fee is what 99% of corporations do because they can't afford to hire two dozen comp sci engineers to reinvent the wheel. it makes smart business sense to go with redhat.
     
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    RedHat specifically is a Enterprise grade distro of Linux, when Red Hat went Enterprise class they started the Fedora project as their home version. You aren't paying for Linux, you are paying for the support subscription. If you have a problem, they work with you to fix it, and they are damn good about it. You don't get that with a free distro. And you can download and run Red Hat for free here.
     
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    i believe to download redhat you need to pay for customer support license. you will notice you can't just sign up.
     
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    You can just sign up, you don't have to pay anything for Red Hat or a Red Hat account to download the ISOs. Just click Download Software and then the Sign Up button or go here to create an account and select Personal as the account type. Then you can access the downloads area. All for free.
     
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    My first bought distro was Red Hat 7, and the company I was working for bought it for me. But I was a unix guy way, before I was a linux guy.. hehehe
     
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    Rh & rms

    There is RedHat, then there is RMS. Where one stands is his/her choice.
     
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    We use CentOS on all our servers and very happy with it (after adding EPEL, RPMForge repos)

    if you dont know CentOS: CentOS is the open source version of Redhat Enterprise Linux recompiled and released as free software (similar distros exist, CentOS is the most popular one)
     
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    have you done so, because unless you have an entitlement through redhat you cannot. this is very clear in their ToS and the main reason CentOS exists...
     
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    Very nice observation and thanks for the tip.
    Didn't know about CentOS
     
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    Yes, I did it minutes before posting about it.
     
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    can you take screenshots of exactly what you are doing? i know you can download REALLY OLD versions of RHEL.
     

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