Re: Does anyone use an IDE on RHEL anyway?
> I used to work at HP and we setup thousands of Red Hat servers. I don't think any ever had any UI installed. They were all on virtual machines in data centers and SSH was the only access into them.
Sure, and my previous job was providing infrastructure for an ISP (couldn't use "cloud" or other people's data centres for some deployments), where the the entire stack (virtualisation = RHEV, OS = RHEL, application server = JBoss) was Red Hat, and yes, the servers didn't have an X server installed, and only the minimal X libraries for the JRE package to install.
> If you did need X11 for some special software package it was probably just VNC with TWM.
Why would you install VNC for X11 when you could just use, you know, X11 (and e.g. ssh)?
> For desktop Linux, there are much better distributions like Fedora, Ubuntu, Suse, etc.
There are cases where RHEL is the better distribution. One of them is that the supported IDE for JBoss is JBoss developer studio ( https://developers.redhat.com/products/devstudio/download/ ) which is officially supported on RHEL. While it works fine on other distros, it's easier to get the same experience on a developer's machine (installing the jboss server from yum etc.) for deployment-related issues when running RHEL with access to the JBoss yum repos.
> You wouldn't want to pay for a RHEL license to get patches for a desktop system.
You don't need to: You can https://developers.redhat.com/products/rhel/download/ since