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    Default Is it legal to use a Red Hat torrent?

    I found a torrent file for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1 64-bit DVD. Is it legal for me to download this DVD? Also, is it ethical? I want to try out Red Hat, but I don't want to get in trouble with the authorities.

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    Default Re: Is it legal to use a Red Hat torrent?

    Why not try Centos, which is basically RHEL with branding removed. No problems with that. If you like it and want to pay for RHEL support, then you can sign up with RH.

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    I am worried that Centos may contain backdoors, since it's not distributed by Red Hat. I also wanted to have the Red Hat logo on the launch bar instead of the fedora or Centos logo.

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    Oh dear, paranoid aren't we.

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    No, I'm not paranoid. I have never heard of Centos before, and I don't want to install something from an obscure source that might be tainted. That is a valid concern, even with open source software.

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    Default Re: Is it legal to use a Red Hat torrent?

    On Wed, 16 Jul 2008 02:16:03 GMT
    BNG22908 <BNG22908@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

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    > No, I'm not paranoid. I have never heard of Centos before, and I don't
    > want to install something from an obscure source that might be
    > tainted. That is a valid concern, even with open source software.
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    >

    Hi
    But your happy to download a potentially corrupt(root kitted) torrent
    rather than from source?

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    Default Re: Is it legal to use a Red Hat torrent?

    BNG22908 wrote:

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    > I am worried that Centos may contain backdoors, since it's not
    > distributed by Red Hat.


    Actually, I'd be more worried about Red Hat and backdoors, but in the overall scheme of things, I wouldn't worry about them at all...

    > I also wanted to have the Red Hat logo on the
    > launch bar instead of the fedora or Centos logo.
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    And there's your dilemma. Red Hat trademarks are basically protected by copyright laws; that's why CentOS removes them. You can't distribute copyrighted material without permission, and I'm fairly certain that RH has not given permission for RHEL to be randomly downloaded. People pay for the brand, so RH won't take kindly to people using it ad hoc with their logos as if it were a paid subscription. Branding, and the support that backs it, are really the only things that separates RHEL from CentOS and the like, but it's a big difference.

    I'd also be concerned about "backdoors" being inserted into the torrent, as well, unless you can get a checksum to verify it.

    Better yet, use openSUSE or SLES. Cheaper, and no legal concerns....

    Just my 2c...

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    KV

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    Default Re: Is it legal to use a Red Hat torrent?

    And yet you are willing to trust an unofficial bittorrent that might have been tampered, though in all probability it's the real thing.

    You can read up on Centos on distrowatch.com and also do a search on the web. Many hosting sites offer Centos as an alternative for people who want a RHEL-like environment without the support.

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    Thanks else_where, that explains it well to a beginner like me.

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    If I give a friend a copy of my SLED DVD, is that an infringement on Novell's copyrights? Oh wait never mind, there's no point when the Open Suse DVD is available.

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