Red Hat Enterprise Linux v3 now out
wade.hampton at nsc1.net
Thu Oct 30 12:24:01 CST 2003
I've been reading this thread and have a few questions.
1. We ALL were aware that RH intended to limit the
**support** of RHL to about 1 year.
2. We ALL knew about the RHL 10 beta Severn
3. Many of us **expected** some continuity with the
RHL line, at least a RH 10 -- even after the Fedora
4. With the Fedora release of Severn, it still appeared
there might be a RH 10.
5. There is a significant **market** for RHL on desktops,
small servers, home machines, laptops, clusters, etc.
My questions to you folks are:
1. What do I recommend to my customers who are just
now starting to take Linux seriously? RHL was a
great disto as I could put it on multiple machines and
VMWare images without worrying about how many
licenses I had. I would pay for a few supported licenses.
2. We purchased new machines with RHL and purchased
box RHL sets. We used the same on laptops, clusters, etc.,
but were paying RedHat for a portion of our machines.
Often we had to purchase the "stock" machine/laptop
with Windows and load RHL. If we have to pay for
**each** machine to use RH, some will question Linux
entirely and recommend Win2K/XP (afterall, it **came**
with the machine). Any suggestions?
3. We only rarely used RH's support services (and only with
new distributions). Is support worth $179 or more for
development desktops, laptops, home servers, the kid's
I see this as an opportunity for RH's competitiors. They
could offer a clear migration and support path for the low to
middle end. It would erode RH's market share and influence.
Some company could take Fedora and market it with support.
I support RedHat and would hate to see this happen, but this
is a free market and market dynamics could drive such actions.
<joke>Caldera based their original on RedHat (2?) -- maybe
SCO can base their new distro on Fedora and offer support along
with their licenses and call it SCO L-Unix :) </joke>
Wade Hampton (currently running RedHat 8/9)
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