I am aware that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is not free, that is, Red Hat charges money for the support it gives for RHEL, and I am also aware of the Fedora project of Red Hat. But I want to experience RHEL in my virtual machine for practicing commands as I just started with Linux.

I want to download RHEL (not from a torrent as torrents don't work at my college) without any Red Hat support as Red Hat charges only for support and not the OS.

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about downloading a particular linux distribution. Contact the vendor instead. – devnull Jun 4 '14 at 13:29
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    It seems to me (I haven't done it) that while you may need to register an account in order to download from Redhat, that alone does not cost anything. Have you tried? BTW, if you just want something to run in a VM for learning basic *nix commands, it does not matter at all which linux distro you choose. They are all identical in that sense. – goldilocks Jun 4 '14 at 13:29

As gena2x suggested, you can use CentOS. But, you can also download the actual release candidate of RHEL 7. See:


Just use CentOS. It's almost 1:1 to the RHEL. Just recompiled sources.

  • RHEL is still so costly to buy.I need that linux ditro in which commands work exactly the same as that in RHEL without any modification.I tried using Ubuntu instead but it requires many modifications for most of the commands. – deepaank Jun 4 '14 at 13:47
  • Ubuntu is debian based. So, you should try rhel7 rc, CentOS or fedora. – Tobias Jun 4 '14 at 13:59

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