RedHat is a family of Linux distributions with a commercial slant. Available in both free and supported varieties, RedHat is often the Linux platform of choice for Grid and commercial applications.

Redistribution of RedHat software

RedHat repackages and brands much of the software for the commercially supported versions of linux. The licence for the use and redistribution of this branding is seperate to the licence for the software. To quote from the licence:

In other words you can redistribute the software but not the embedded branding. To overcome this problem, there are a number of derived distributions which have already had the branding removed. These include ScientificLinux and WhiteBoxLinux. These distributions typically aim to be binary-compatible with Red hat and offer no support.

All of the open source software that RedHat ships can be installed on any number of machines within an institution (or other legal body), providing that this does not fall under the definition of "redistribution." Sometimes non-open source software ships bundled with RedHat linux, in which case restrictions probably apply.

The support contracts provided by RedHat typically cover a certain number of desktops, servers or cpus. The fact that the software can be installed on an unlimited number of machines does not automatically mean that RedHat must support that number.

Other Issues

Applications packaged for Debian or Ubuntu can often be installed on RedHat (and visa versa) using the tool "alien".

Do you use RedHat? Edit this page to describe your experiences.

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