Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for Open Source Infrastructure is a new program from Red Hat that extends its free software offering to “committed to open source” projects, organizations, or other groups. In short, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is offered at no cost to this class of entities until all their infrastructure needs are covered.
Following the thread of Red Hat’s latest moves in this regard, the company announced late last year the nuanced goodbye of CentOS, a loss that affects a multitude of parties, including companies and projects of all sizes and that generated a lot of controversial because of the way it was taken, without respecting the expected support period for CentOS 8.
Red Hat stepped up with the extension of the free RHEL subscription for developers, which now covers development and production teams up to 16 servers, thus covering projects with ‘small’ needs that cannot afford a subscription. . But what about bigger projects that don’t have the resources either? If they gravitate to the orbit of open source, they’re covered too.
With RHEL for Open Source Infrastructure the limit of 16 servers disappears, or what is the same, is extended to meet the needs of the project in question and the infrastructure on which it depends. This subscription also “provides full access to the Red Hat customer portal, knowledge base articles and forums, and includes Red Hat Insights, our proactive analytics tool,” explains Jason Brooks, program manager.
“We want to ensure that organizations committed to open source have access to RHEL as they create and test the future of open source software. […] We can also offer support free of charge depending on the scope and nature of the organization, " adds Brooks in a statement that also includes the voice of one of these organizations, on the other hand, closely linked to the company.
“As a non-profit organization, we rely on donations to help us achieve our goal of a world where everyone is empowered by technology that can be trusted. RHEL subscriptions are an essential part of this. With full operating system management and security updates, we can focus on the services we provide to GNOME users and developers without having to worry about the underlying systems. Red Hat has generously provided these services to GNOME at zero cost for years, and we look forward to continuing our relationship for a long time, "writes Neil McGovern, CEO of the GNOME Foundation.
That said, and although obviously the most interesting thing about the announcement of RHEL for Open Source Infrastructure is the availability of RHEL under the conditions described, the company recalls that the program also includes CentOS Stream «to test applications and workloads with the next version of the World’s Leading Enterprise Linux Platform ”; and Fedora “to drive cutting edge development of Linux operating system enhancements.”