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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>mashersmasher</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">i thought linux had an open licence. why do you have to buy redhat?</div>
linux is free.. you dont have to buy redhat.. you can download fedora core.. its the home version of redhat.. the redhat is now a business application which does cost.. but all the other ones are free for ya to downloda and use..
Seems like they made the redhat name into a n enterprise brand. What you buy is likely support, etc.<br><br>
The free version of redhat can be downloaded as the Fedora project here: <a href="http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/Download" target="_blank">http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/Download</a><br><br>
Ok Trippen, you beat me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
You don't have to pay for "linux". RedHat sells support, pretty much, along with a very stable OS for businesses/servers.<br><br>
I'd say 95% of linux distros (distributions/versions) are free. Of course, the support you get through those is forum-based, which often turns out to be excellent...
Fedora is a fork from RedHat that happened a few years ago when RedHat went to only making enterprise linux. Thats when the Fedora Project got started, and they handed it over to the community. So Fedora is basically a test area for new things that might make it into the next RedHat release. Much like OpenSuSE is for SLED and Novell.
When the linux community say 'free' they dont mean you dont have to pay for it they mean, 'freedom', as in - you can do whatever the hell you want. <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
<a href="http://appdb.winehq.org/appbrowse.php" target="_blank">http://appdb.winehq.org/appbrowse.php</a><br />
Have a look here for the apps you want to run. But usually you just flick to using linux stuff. as the other guy said there is alot of good linux apps.
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