Red Hat Developer Program

With Red Hat’s many successful product level developer programs for JBoss, OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, etc., plus a bunch more available with upstream communities, we’re working on complementing these offerings with an all-Red Hat developer program that introduces developers, ISV and SaaS players, and others to Red Hat’s robust developer portfolio.

In the spirit of open source development, we’d like to invite you to post your suggestions for what you’d like to see in this expanded developer program offering.

So, what do you think?

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  • 1. Consider making it free (after all, your source of revenue is the servers, not developer desktops). Make a “developer bundle” that includes a “developer workstation” version of the RHEL as well as the development tools. The license should allow using it for development only and not for deployment.

    2. More versatility – other programming languages/frameworks (OCaml, Erlang, etc.)

    3. Ability to have newer versions of a tool in question (e.g. Python 3 vs Python 2.7 vs Python 2.6). It doesn’t mean that they have to be 100% supported. Ideally, there should be a way to pick a specific version from multiple available.

  • Mike Guerette

    Thank you Alexander! Great suggestions!

    Some good news is that we already have our RHEL developer subscriptions ( that include the Developer Toolset ( and cover a couple of these items. By using new Software Collections (, we are now able to make new tool versions available such as gcc 4.7 for both RHEL 5 and 6. Other tools, too.

    As for scripting languages, Red Hat makes a number of the newer tool versions (Python, Ruby, node.js, etc.) available on our OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (

    Stay tuned for more!

  • Mike Guerette

    Regarding your item #3 and newer versions, see today’s posting regarding the new Red Hat Software Collections beta.