White Box Linux vs. RHEL vs. Fedora
lan at falleagle.net
Fri Mar 26 11:42:56 PST 2004
On Fri, Mar 26, 2004 at 11:30:55AM -0800, Stewart Stremler wrote:
> begin quoting Gregory K. Ruiz-Ade as of Fri, Mar 26, 2004 at 11:02:00AM -0800:
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> > On Friday 26 March 2004 09:26 am, Matt Bosworth wrote:
> > > I'm in the weird position of having to set something up cheaply,
> > > with the understanding that it may eventually move over to commercial
> > > software (and hopefully support :) ). Thus, whitebox.
> > Step the first: stop.
> A business should not shy away from paying for software and support. This
> can be via the wallet, and purchasing same, or by hiring people who have
> the job of writing the software and supporting it.
> Nonprofit / charitable organizations can get away with being cheap;
> otherwise, if you're making money from someone's work, it's really tacky
> to try to figure out a way to avoid giving 'em money.
> > Step the fourth: evaluate if $350/year is too much to pay for prompt,
> > convenient and stable support in the form of bugfixes and security updates
> > for the next five years (or the life of the machine). If you don't need
> > certain server software, $180/year. Sure, it's not free, but it's not that
> > expensive.
> ...and it's a business expense. So it's not even /that/ expensive. As
> much as I don't care for what RH has done to the default system, they
> *do* provide a service. (Back when I was using RedHat, I made a point of
> spending $30 to pick up each [major] version. Value given for value
> received and all that.)
> If a business doesn't want to support the low-cost options, let 'em
> support the high-cost options. If they don't want to support either,
> they really can't complain when people try to use THEIR product w/o
> -Stewart "It's almost as bad as watching Gates bitch about pirates" Stremler
I like it when I agree with Stewart. Companies who want to use RH for
their servers should buy it. But I believe that White Box has an
important place, and that it's a good thing for Red Hat. I have WB and
suggest to any other RH person that it's the way to go on staying
abreast of RH at home w/o having to pay the modest (for a business)
price of RHEL. W/o WB RH stands a chance of losing one of their best
assets ... legions of RH geek users who follow their system and learn
how to support it. Presumably, these are the people who will provide
local support, act as advocates, and tell their employers to buy RHEL
when the time comes.
Lan Barnes lan at falleagle.net
Linux Guy, SCM Specialist 858-354-0616
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