Red Hat Enterprise Linux v3 now out
jason at rtfmconsult.com
Thu Oct 23 16:09:00 CDT 2003
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003, Adam Williams wrote:
> so every 6 months I will have to update RH Linux on 5 of my servers.
> sounds like beta software to me.
this exchange (and others like it) isn't very constructive IMHO.
if we step back (and take a deep breath..) what are the facts ?
o Red Hat are not a non-profit organization. They are in this to
make money. If they can do Good Deeds within the community while
doing so, great.
o If anything they are closer to the Dell model than others, which
is to identify a market (software) and provide a more efficient
product and distribution system and pass on the most part of
those savings to their customers in order to grow their market share.
o Red Have have changed their licencing and support model as their
old one was not sustainable.
o They announced they would do this about 9 months ago.
o There were clear indications they would do this from the first
announcement of the RHEL2.1 product - it was difficult to see how
the RHL boxed set/download product was going to continue, though
they let it drift for a while.
o They didn't communicate (or consult?) well with their server
customer base on how to manage the changes in their business model.
It is a pity they don't seem to be doing this yet, a transition
period would have helped a lot, e.g you were a RHN/server customer
and you can takeup RHEL for a 50% discount for the first year or
something along those lines.
o They are extremely unlikely to change back - the change was for a
reason. All the wishing and complaining won't change that (but hey,
i've been proved wrong before :-)
o Fedora - and it's taken a while for me to work out that this means
the Fedora Core, Extras and Alternatives is a distribution that is
community driver but sponsored by Red Hat. It allows Red Hat to
continue to put efforts into the community but under the 80/20
rule - 80% of their business effort will go into RHEL and they'll
be able to explain to the shareholders and bean counters that the
20% being put into the community is beneficial to the business.
They will not have to try to explain to shareholders how putting
80% of the money into something that loses money for them will
o If you have a need for a robust, open source based and commercially
supported OS and application set then RHEL is for you. If you have
a need for a robust, open source based and community supported OS and
application set then Fedora is for you. If you have previously
run Debian or Gentoo or Mandrake then Fedora more closely approximates
o You are free to pick a particular release of Fedora and as long as there
is enough interest in the community then bug fixes and errata will keep
being released for that version.
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