[UCI-Linux] Red Hat Enterprise Linux for gratis

26 Nov 2003 08:44:15 -0800

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On Wed, 2003-11-19 at 00:11, Steve Tsai wrote:
> I know that UC is working with RH to get a sitewide license.  But until
> that happens, or if you want to run it at home, there's an alternative to
> paying RH's retail prices.
> White Box Linux[1] is a new project that builds RHEL source (available
> under GPL) after removing RH's logos and trademarks to keep it legal.
> >From their website...
> > To provide an unencumbered RPM based Linux distribution that retains
> > enough compatibility with Red Hat Linux to allow easy upgrades and to
> > retain compatibility with their Errata srpms. Being based off of RHEL3
> > means that a machine should be able to avoid the upgrade treadmill unti=
> > Oct 2008 since RHEL promises Errata availability for five years from
> > date of initial release and RHEL3 shipped in Oct 2003.
> Note that this should not be used on any production machines since it's
> still a pretty new project.  Only one maintainer, no bug tracking, no
> mailing list so far.
> Of course there's the other option of switching distros.
> - Steve Tsai
> [1] http://www.beau.org/~jmorris/linux/whitebox/
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cAos is also a distribution based on the freely redistributable portions
of RHEL.  It appears to have a bit more community behind it, but hasn't
made anything but an internal release as yet.

Dan Stromberg DCS/NACS/UCI <strombrg@dcs.nac.uci.edu>

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