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After Announcing the End of CentOS Linux, Red Hat Introduces a Free RHEL for Open Source Nonprofits

At the end of 2020 Red Hat announced that CentOS would become history as we know it. The company, which was acquired by IBM not long ago, decided to put end to CentOS Linux project to move on to focus on CentOS Stream, so one future, CentOS Linux 9, like the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9 derived distribution, will not exist.

As expected, users did not receive the news with joy and happiness and quickly several projects came to the rescue as alternatives, including one led by a young Spaniard. Now, probably to put out the flames a bit, Red Hat has announced a new free program from RHEL for open source infrastructure.

What is RHEL for Open Source Infrastructure

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This new program means that if you have a non-profit organization, project or foundation that is "involved with open source" you will be able to access a free RHEL subscription.

Red Hat wants to highlight how this program only extends the company's current support to open source projects and communities, which now includes three major projects:

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Under the terms of the program, eligible organizations will have access to RHEL subscriptions at no cost for any use within the limits of their infrastructure. This includes building systems, continuous integration (CI) testing, and general project requirements (i.e. web servers, mail servers, etc.).

These subscriptions provide full access to the Red Hat customer portal, knowledge base articles, and forums, and also include Red Hat Insights. There is also the possibility of free assistance depending on the scope and nature of each organization.

All software distributed under a license approved by Fedora is considered open source for the purposes of this program. Interested organizations should contact through the email address

The company admits that this program obviously does not cover all possible situations and they say they are developing other programs to further expand RHEL's options for the community. Meanwhile projects like Navy Linux, AlmaLinux, or Rocky Lunux are already trying to fill the void.