Red Hat Enterprise Linux v3 now out
eric.rostetter at physics.utexas.edu
Wed Oct 29 10:43:00 CST 2003
Quoting jason andrade <jason at rtfmconsult.com>:
> this exchange (and others like it) isn't very constructive IMHO.
> if we step back (and take a deep breath..) what are the facts ?
The fact is RH failed to get the information about their policy changes
out to their customers in a timely and understandable fashion.
> 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.
90+ percent of their customers did not get this announcement. Many still
have not learned of the change. I get asked every day when RH 10 will
be out. Users are still clueless about the changes.
> 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.
But, if you didn't buy RHEL 2.1, then how would you have seen these
> o They didn't communicate (or consult?) well with their server
> customer base on how to manage the changes in their business model.
Or their non-server customers either. Or even seem to care about their
small server customers, who can not upgrade on a dime. Killing off the
RHL line before the next RHEL (and Fedora) release is out was a bad idea.
> 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.
Or get support for RHL until you can upgrade to RHEL.
> 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 :-)
I don't want them to change back. I want them to give sufficient warning
and sufficient lead time for the change, so we can plan for the change,
test the new software before the change, etc.
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