Linux Subscrition

hi Experts,

I am a newni to linux red hat.
I am trying to connect to an LDAP server (setting up LDAP auth)
system is not allowing me to run the command yum install authconfig -gtk unless I subscribe.
It is a requirement to subscribe.
My understanding with Redhat is, it is an open source to an extent. I mean basic OS in free, but if you want subscriptions, you pay. Is this right?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If you want support, you have to pay.  CentOS is a free version that uses almost exactly the same code base and gets it's updates from RedHat.
You will need a subscription to Red Hat in order to download updates.

As Dave pointed out you can use CentOS which is basically the same OS and is free to use and get updates.
Minimum redhat subscription is 50$/year
It is open source to the degree that CentOS, Oracle Linux and Scientific Linux are all built from same exact source files.
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ukitsmeAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys that clears majority of the questions I had in my mind.
How come authconfig -gtk didn't work until I enabled subscription?
Secondly to get LDAP working,  I unabled subscription.  Subscription is valid for 30 days. What happens after thats. Is it the case that I stop getting updates or will the system stop like windows?
What LDAP has to do with subscription?

You stop getting updates.
You can easily convert to centos or oracle linux - they have guides on how to do so.
The only reason LDAP would not work without a subscription is it possibly needed a package from Red Hat.  Other than that Red Hat is fully function without a subscription.

After 30 days you will no longer receive updates, security updates or otherwise.

I highly recommend you use CentOS or another "free" version of Linux if you do not intend to buy a subscription to Red Hat.

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ukitsmeAuthor Commented:
Thanks Guys.
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