CentOS Is Gone — But RHEL Is Now Free For Up To 16 Production Servers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last month, Red Hat caused a lot of consternation in the enthusiast and small business Linux world when it announced the discontinuation of CentOS Linux. Long-standing tradition — and ambiguity in Red Hat’s posted terms — led users to believe that CentOS 8 would be available until 2029, just like the RHEL 8 it was based on. Red Hat’s early termination of CentOS 8 in 2021 cut eight of those 10 years away, leaving thousands of users stranded. Red Hat’s December announcement of CentOS Stream — which it initially billed as a “replacement” for CentOS Linux — left many users confused about its role in the updated Red Hat ecosystem.

As of February 1, 2021, Red Hat will make RHEL available at no cost for small-production workloads — with “small” defined as 16 systems or fewer. This access to no-cost production


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