reminder : Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM are freely available for download and use
By wcoekaer on Sep 30, 2008
I would like to remind everyone that you are allowed to download and use Oracle Enterprise Linux or Oracle VM for free. It is not required to purchase a support subscription first. Also, you can in fact run this in production, without a support subscription. You can redistribute this to others inside your own company or to anyone else outside, without a special contract, without a redistribution agreement, without a support subscription.
And best of all, this is not an alpha version of some future possible release with no supported products on top, this is the exact same code you can use on test, development, pay, no pay, supported, non supported production systems.
Why does this matter ?
Well, certain Linux Distribution / Support vendors don't let you freely download their product unless it's pre-alpha stage, have been known to claim that customers can't freely use this product without paying support (despite the GPL), and have even insisted through their sales team that a customer must power off servers when the server's support subscription expired. Now that doesn't make much sense and I wonder how this all works with a product that is released under the GPL. But this sort of FUD is not good. Especially not when it comes from a self proclaimed open source leader.