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RE: Running RedHat [7-9]: don't mind paying, but don't want to reinstall OS

Donna, Right now I am also not happy with Redhat and their
arbitrary move to another way of releasing their product.
For a good number of years, they have been releasing
their product and naming it I.e. V.5.1,6.1, 8.1, 9.0, Etc.
Now all of a sudden they want to have "Enterprise" Etc.

I strongly believe this is a ploy to justify raising prices
and the price for support.  For many years, Redhat maid their
profits on their support services as Redhat was an open
Source O/S and such was free.  Now they want to pull a
Bill Gates and move to making Red Hat a non-Open Source
O/S for the reason of GREED!!!  

Redhat, I think you need to rethink your motives and
release that you still are not the only Linux game in town
and until others such as Debuine pull this crap Linux users
will continue to find FREE Linux.  Just changing the name to
Enterprise Linux does not justify raising the price to
a outrageous amount just for profits.  I do not see
and can not justify the price for your product under the
new pricing policy you have posted.  I see a lot of talk
about the product but as for improvement, It is not there
from my point of view!

Yes I did purchase your commercial package when the price
was reasonable. Matter of fact, I also purchased it for a major
university for use on DEC Alpha boxes but now, the price is not
justified in my opinion.

Ms. Dana-Renee Lee

-----Original Message-----
From: redhat-migration-list-admin@xxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:redhat-migration-list-admin@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Donna Hanlon
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2003 8:16 AM
To: redhat-migration-list@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Running RedHat [7-9]: don't mind paying, but don't want to
reinstall OS

Hi all,

If this has been addressed, feel free to point me to the thread.

My lab and one other run various versions of RedHat Linux (7.1, 8, and 
9) on Dell PCs with different functions/software.  We bought these PCs 
from Dell preinstalled with the RedHat Linux of the day.  Two of them 
were purchased within the last six months.

Now RedHat tells me that if I want to continue getting security patches 
via up2date, I need to install RedHat Enterprise Linux or Fedora.

Here's my deal:  I am willing to pay what I've been calling "protection 
money" (reminiscent of what the mob calls it when hitting up local 
businesses), because:

	* I realize it consumes valuable RedHat resources to provide these
	* They are worth it to me; I don't want to rebuild sendmail [or
other common software here] myself every few months, when the latest 
vulnerabilities are found.

My problem is with rebuilding the OS just a few months after buying it 
"preinstalled" from Dell.  I've built a lot of software on these 
workstations since then, and don't tell me it will all just run out of 
the box on the latest RedHat Enterprise Linux version.  Maybe it will, 
maybe it won't, but I really don't even want to install the new OS, much 
less port everything I've installed since over to it.

In short, I really don't need an extra major project added to my plate 
right now, and if I'm installing a new OS, I'm definitely going to look 
for other options.  I'm not real happy with RedHat right now.

If I am mistaken in my take on all this, I will be happy to post a 
correction to what I said on the AFNI message board:


Donna Hanlon

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