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The Register: Getting Red Hat Network Support for Free Just Got Harder

Mar 04, 2003, 00:00 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)


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"With the impending rollout of Red Hat Advanced Workstation the company has made another move to 'encourage' users to pay for Red Hat Network support. As you'd expect it's a mixture of carrots and sticks, but some of the sticks look quite painful for people who're trying to run businesses off of the free RHN service--presumably this is deliberate.

"'Demo subscriptions,' as Red Hat is now calling them, will continue to be available, but 'we will... introduce some new rules that will make it easier for us to provide service to these accounts.' Be afraid? Perhaps.

"First, all demo accounts have to confirm their email addresses, otherwise they'll be disabled. And demo accounts using non-unique email accounts will be disabled 'in accordance with our terms and conditions.' This process Red Hat calls, in terms that remind us of, um, somebody else, a 'maintenance process...'"

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