Home > Red Hat > Red Hat Opens Knowledge BaseRed Hat Opens Knowledge Base Thom Holwerda 2006-03-23 Red Hat 17 CommentsRed Hat has opened its knowledge base to the general public today. You no longer need to login to access it. “Red Hat Knowledgebase is a library of tips, troubleshooting advice, and current information updated daily by Red Hat technicians.”About The Author Thom HolwerdaFollow me on Twitter @thomholwerda 17 Comments 2006-03-24 12:41 am Gato AzulFor all the flak that Red Hat receives for being the “Microsoft of the Linux world,” Red Hat really does contribute a great deal back to the community such as developers, Fedora Directory, and now this – a tome of useful knowledge (albeit perhaps a bit specific to their distro, but I’d imagine still largely applicable).I’m sure there are plenty of areas that Red Hat could improve on, but I applaud them for being by and large good citizens of the free/open source community. I think a great deal of other businesses would do well to imitate their model. 2006-03-24 2:09 am kensaiWe wanted Red Hat to become big and now that they are big those who ones supported them start talking bad about Red Hat and saying it is “the microsoft of the Linux world”. We need to grow up and think about how red hat is contributing to the adoptance of Linux in Desktop and Servers. If we support the underdog then lets support it in a better way when it becomes big. 2006-03-24 2:18 am hraqThis is an excellent move, and now may I suggest them to open RHEL for tester and make it downloadable, of course I am not asking for support which they must charge good money for.Keep Going, I am keen towards testing RHEL 5. 2006-03-26 12:19 am jomp“and now may I suggest them to open RHEL for tester and make it downloadable”Well, it is. Feel free to download it from: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/*OR*Contact Red Hat sales and request an evaluation copy for free./jmp 2006-03-24 2:46 am sandpile[QUOTE]This is an excellent move, and now may I suggest them to open RHEL for tester and make it downloadable, of course I am not asking for support which they must charge good money for.[/QUOTE]RHEL 4 is a free download after free registration on Redhats site.Redhat also puts iso’s of RHEL betas on public FTP servers. 2006-03-24 3:23 am AccidentWhere can I DL RHEL4 for free?Not the 30day eval and no subscrip. 2006-03-24 2:33 pm z5rzThe sources are available for free on any of Red Hats ftp servers or mirrors. If you would like someone to compile it for you, try White Box, Tao, Centos, Lineox or similar. 2006-03-24 3:23 am macintrollCorrection:A 30-day limited trial of RHEL 4 is available on RedHat’s site. After that, you will be violating the agreement you made when you downloaded it. Although I’m sure the RedHat police won’t come to your house and uninstall the software, not having to violate EULAs is part of what open source is about.A better solution is to get CENTOS, a free, legal clone of RHEL 4. 2006-03-24 1:39 pm happycamperI think the Microsoft police will come to your house to uninstall the OS.instead when Microsoft finds the right time to go after linux for infringing 28+ of their patents. maybe after vista is out. 2006-03-24 3:13 pm raver31some people are just dim… keep sipping the Kool-Aid. 2006-03-24 4:11 pm BluenoseJakeI dunno, if CentOS is a clone of RHEL 4, and Linux is (much more than) a clone of Unix, then you’d be using a clone of a clone! 🙂 2006-03-24 4:01 am kernelpanickedWell, while everyone seems to be stroking off RedHat and giving them praise for all their contributions, maybe they should be reminded of one contribution these f–king leeches seem to have missed. http://openbsd.org/donations.html 2006-03-24 4:55 am ormandjSomebody piss in your cereal today? I’ve gotten 8 emails now asking me to donate to OpenBSD. Half of them have been badly thought out, and downright offensive, DEMANDING I pay because I use OpenSSH. If you wanted everybody to pay you for writing OpenSSH, maybe you shouldn’t have used an OSS license! Not only that, but if you want donations, quit being DICKS about it. To the one guy who wrote me a nice civil email, I’d love to donate a few bucks. I’m just afraid it would go to an ASS like you.OpenBSD/OpenSSH had plenty of oppourtunities to have funding, and they’ve burned all the hands that have been attempting to feed them. Example as to why: you.Yeah, great, DARPA was your sugardaddy, and you are paid by them, and then you make anti-government/war statements and say:——In that story, the resident of Calgary, Alberta, said the U.S.-led war against Iraq “sickens” him. De Raadt also said he was uncomfortable taking money from the U.S. military, but “I try to convince myself that our grant means a half of a cruise missile doesn’t get built.”——http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/story/0,10801,…Read the article. Now wonder why you have financial problems. For the love of all that’s good, QUIT SPAMMING. I’m tired of every mailing list I’m on getting filled with “DONATE YOU OWE US.” At the very least you could be civil, professional, and mature. Uhg. 2006-03-24 10:49 am Jon DoughYeah, great, DARPA was your sugardaddy, and you are paid by them, and then you make anti-government/war statements and say:——In that story, the resident of Calgary, Alberta, said the U.S.-led war against Iraq “sickens” him. De Raadt also said he was uncomfortable taking money from the U.S. military, but “I try to convince myself that our grant means a half of a cruise missile doesn’t get built.”——http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/story/0,10801,….. ______________________________________Heh heh heh. We do have free speech in the USA, but that doesn’t mean your benefactor has to keep funding you if you piss them off with your free speech. 2006-03-24 4:55 am SEJeffRedhat gets more flak than they deserve also. Even though their support is a bit pricey, look at what they do. The outright bought the code and IP rights to Netscape Directory Server, an enterprise LDAP server. Sun’s LDAP offering (iplanet I think?) is based off of the Netscape Directory Server codebase. They spent “less than $25 million” on the codebase:http://news.com.com/Red+Hat+acquires+AOLs+Netscape+server+software/…After spending all of that money, they go and open source it and it turns into Fedora Directory Server. They also fund the development of some very nice Linux tools such as Sabayon, Network Manager, SystemTap, Frysk, and they employ some great kernel hackers like Alan Cox and Ingo Molnar.Ontop of everything, they *still* manage to have decent stock:http://www.google.com/finance?q=RHAT 2006-03-24 6:30 am ormandjI didn’t want to ruin my thanks by the negativity in my other (off-topic but needing to be said) post.Thank you for giving back to the community that feeds you. Things like this show that even as a commercial entity, you can give gifts freely and help others. We appreciate it, understand that the majority of us are grateful. 2006-03-24 6:46 pm bsnipesDoing a search and clicking on any of the result links brings you to a page not found error. Removing %23content from the end of the URL brings up the proper page. Hope they fix it soon.