Red Hat Enterprise Linux Expanded Developer Program

Back in December, Red Hat announced that CentOS was shifting directions – instead of being a bug-for-bug compatible release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, they decided to take away the “free” RHEL option but in their announcement, they left a clue as to what was coming:

In the first half of 2021, we plan to introduce low- or no-cost programs for a variety of use cases, including options for open source projects and communities and expansion of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Developer subscription use cases to better serve the needs of systems administrators. We’ll share more details as these initiatives coalesce.

Sure enough, “in the first half of 2021,” they gave us their plan:

While CentOS Linux provided a no-cost Linux distribution, no-cost RHEL also exists today through the Red Hat Developer program. The program’s terms formerly limited its use to single-machine developers. We recognized this was a challenging limitation.
We’re addressing this by expanding the terms of the Red Hat Developer program so that the Individual Developer subscription for RHEL can be used in production for up to 16 systems.

That’s right – for taking CentOS away, they’re giving you 16 free licenses to RHEL, over the previous 1 that was introduced in 2016. This “upgrade” to the program is at least a nice touch, though it doesn’t completely make up for what has happened to CentOS, there’s at least options now.

About Travis Newton 18 Articles
I am a Cloud Engineer currently working in the financial and web hosting industry. My passion has been Linux since I first discovered it in 2005. Throughout my career, I have always implemented Linux wherever possible and am an advocate of using open source software over proprietary whenever possible. I strongly believe in the UNIX philosophy of "Do One Thing and Do It Well". I started The Linux Lab as a way for people to discover Linux (and UNIX in general, even macOS users) and to find solutions to problems and learn about Linux.

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