Every now and then we see posts from (new) users asking how to use the free no-cost RHEL developer edition and how to interpret the terms and
conditions. The T&C's clearly state that the free developer edition can be used for development purpose only, using it in production is not allowed.
Everybody who wants to stick to the rules knows what that means. Red Hat provides solutions (free and paid) for nearly everyone's needs - there's
no reason to violate these rules.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux aims at business environments (as the title itself expresses) in the first place. So, what does Red Hat sell ? The company
does not sell the software, Red Hat sells support - support that is needed to run an enterprise IT infrastructure continuously and, without as little
interruption as possible. For the private standard user Red Hat offers the free CentOS (Community Enterprise OS), and the fedora distribution as
part of the Red Hat eco system.
If someone wants to use the free no-cost RHEL developer edition, it's fine when they use it for developing something on, and for an original RHEL
system. For everything else, users who do not want to pay for official Red Hat support should consider to either install and run CentOS (based on
RHEL) or fedora. This is my point of view at least ... and I hope I could make things clear in a short, but nevertheless understandable way for users
who are unsure how to decide.