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When Red Hat anounced Red Hat Linux 9, they also made another suprising announcement: no free downloads until 1 week after it was availible to paying Red Hat Network subscribers and boxed product buyers.
This alone might not be a cause for concern, but what about the Red Hat Network requirement each free “demo” account can only be used to manage a single computer? Sysadmins have pointed out the obvious problem: managing multiple machines is a choice between paying Red Hat and the hassle of having a unique email for each computer & needing to fill out a survey for each one every 69 days.
It seems that Red Hat’s trend is to require an ongoing paid subscription to Red Hat Network in order to easily get software Red Hat didn’t write in the first place. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that paid subscribers should get priority service during heavy server loads. But not making availible free ISOs for one week is different than giving RHN subscribers priority service.
Red Hat: Every tech company is hurting now, but not giving back to the community that gave you everything you (quite nearly) all your software will only upset people and hurt you in the long run.
What do you think? Do you subscribe to RHN? Is Red Hat following good community practices?