JP Vossen on 5 Feb 2009 14:42:55 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] RHEL Subscription Question

> On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 2:11 PM, Wells, David J <> wrote:
> All,
> I've got another question that I can't find a solid answer to. I read
> through most of the EULA's I could find on RedHat's site and not a single
> one said that it violates the EULA the run RHEL without purchasing a
> subscription and updating the binaries from an external source? RPMFIND,
> etc? does anyone have any insight?

They make it *incredibly* hard to find the answer to that question, and 
I've never understood why.  (Of course, I've never understood why RH 
does a lot of things they way they do, that's why I switched to Debian 
and never looked back.  Having said that, CentOS rocks if you need RHEL 
for something (we use a lot of RHEL at work).)


Can I legally use my installation CDs on more than one system, so long 
as I only seek support on the system using my subscription?
Article ID: 1666 - Created on: Nov 14, 2004 6:00 PM - Last Modified: 
May 10, 2006 6:00 PM

You can install the software on as many systems as you would like and 
you can share the software with others. However, as a condition to 
obtaining the software you agreed to pay for a subscription to Red Hat 
Network (RHN) for each system on which you installed the software. If 
you use an RHN subscription to obtain content used to support more than 
one machine or you distribute content obtained over RHN to other 
parties, you have breached your subscription agreement, and Red Hat has 
the right to deny you further service under RHN (i.e., you will no 
longer be able to obtain bug fixes, security patches, updates, or 

If you need additional subscriptions, click on the STORE link at the top 
of or contact your Red Hat sales representative.

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Of course that means that a lot of the previously posted answers 
are--invalid--shall we say.

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