Developers can now get access to a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) subscription free of cost as part of the Red Hat Developer Program.\n\n\nUnder the program, the company is offering RHEL Developer Suite, which includes RHEL Server, Red Hat Software Collections, Red Hat Developer Toolset and many additional RHEL add-ons.\n\n\n\u201cThe Red Hat Developer Program is already quite robust, encompassing Red Hat Enterprise Linux and a significant number of Red Hat Enterprise Linux add-ons, as well as the Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio. This includes JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Fuse, JBoss Developer Studio and many more open source middleware solutions for application development, integration and automation,\u201d Harry Mower, senior director, Developer Tools and Marketing, Red Hat told me in an email.\n\n\nWith this program Red Hat is targeting developers and IT teams who can now use RHEL as a development platform without having to pay a subscription fee.\n\n\nWhen I asked about any difference between the standard RHEL and the one made available under the program, Mower said, \u201cThere\u2019s no 'watering down' of features or additional limitations, so other than the use cases and support, this is the same Red Hat Enterprise Linux that is made available to our enterprise customers.\u201d\n\n\nWhat about regular updates that RHEL enterprise customers get? \u201cWe are currently evaluating how we will enable updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux through the developer subscription, but our goal is to provide developers with major and minor updates in a timely manner,\u201d explained Mower.\n\n\nThese are some of the products and components that are available as part of the suite:\n\n\n\n\nRed Hat Enterprise Linux Server - An application development entitlement to the world\u2019s leading enterprise Linux platform.\n\n\nDevelopment tools with long-term support - Each major Red Hat Enterprise Linux release includes a broad set of base tools that, like the operating system, are supported for 10 years; including Python, PHP, Ruby, OpenJDK 7 (1.7), OpenJDK 8 (1.8) and many more.\n\n\nDevelopment tools with frequent updates - Multiple open source programming languages, databases, web servers, and development tools are updated yearly with the most recent, stable versions, and are packaged via\u00a0Red Hat Software Collections and\u00a0Red Hat Developer Toolset.\n\n\n \n\nYou don\u2019t need any specific qualification to enroll into the program. All you need to do is go and register as a developer on Red Hat and then download the suite from the download page. That also doesn\u2019t mean you have to be a developer to take advantage of the offer. \u201cWhile the technologies offered most readily fit the needs of enterprise\/professional developers, anyone with an interest in Red Hat\u2019s open source technologies is free to sign-up and explore the world\u2019s leading enterprise Linux platform from a development standpoint,\u201d said Mower.\n\n\nRed Hat is not making any attempt whatsoever to restrict usage. This means a company can download it and use it, bypassing the Red Hat subscription plan.\n\n\n\u201cThis is generally not a problem and we leave it to users\/companies to self-manage," says Mower. "The developer subscription is intended, as the name says, for development, not deployment. It\u2019s self-supported and does not undergo the same cadence of patching\/testing as paid-for production subscriptions.\u201d\n\n\nIf you are interested in the suite you can register as a developer and download the suite, it\u2019s available immediately.