In December 2020, the Red Hat team announced the death of CentOS and in his statement, the Red Hat representative said “that during the next year we will move from CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream, which comes just before a new version of RHEL.
In an attempt to fill this gap, Red Hat announced on January 20, 2021 what would I do make Red Hat Enterprise Linux free for small production deployments.
"While CentOS Linux provided a free Linux distribution, RHEL also exists today through the Red Hat Developer Program," the company said in a blog post.
“The terms of the program previously limited its use to individual machine developers. We recognize that this was a difficult limitation, ”he added.
With that, now the company is addressing this issue 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. This is exactly what it is - for small production use cases, this is a free, self-funded RHEL.
Finally, Red Hat added a free RHEL for customer development teams.
“We recognized that one of the challenges of the Red Hat Developer Program was limiting it to an individual developer. We are currently developing the Red Hat Developer Program to make it easier for a customer's development teams to join the program and enjoy its benefits. These development teams can now be added to this program at no additional cost through the customer's existing subscription, ”the company said.
According to Red Hat, this helps make RHEL more accessible as a development platform for the entire organization, and thanks to this program, RHEL can also be deployed through Red Hat Cloud Access and is accessible in the main public clouds, including AWS, GCP and Azure, at no additional cost, Except for cloud provider hosting fees.
Additionally, Red Hat said this requires it to continually review its development and business models to meet these changing needs. "We believe that these new programs, and those that will follow, go in this direction," he said. Red Hat makes CentOS Stream the collaboration hub for RHEL, with a picture that looks like this:
- Fedora is the place for important innovations, thoughts, and ideas regarding new operating systems. This is essentially where the next major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be born.
- CentOS Stream is the continuous delivery platform that becomes the next minor version of RHEL
- RHEL is the intelligent operating system for production workloads, used in nearly every industry sector around the world, from cloud-scale deployments in mission-critical data centers and localized server rooms to public and edge clouds. of corporate networks.
On the other hand, at the end of February, through Jason Brooks, Manager, Community Architect and Community Infrastructure, Office of Open Source Programs, announced the availability of a new free program designed for the needs and requirements of projects, fundamentals and more.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for open source infrastructure:
“By joining a growing set of free and low-cost programs, RHEL for Open Source Infrastructure provides a simpler, clearer, and more documented process for projects, communities, standards bodies, and other non-profit software groups committed to the open source for accessing RHEL subscriptions. As we plan to continue refining this latest program, we wanted to highlight what is now available to interested parties.
Having said that, this version of RHEL will not work for all developer groups open source today.
“We realize that this program does not cover situations where open source projects use public CI (continuous integration) infrastructure provided by third parties. This program and others are still in development. Therefore, we have not yet finished expanding RHEL programs to meet community needs and we want to hear from you. "