Re: [OS:N:] Quick Survey

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Well put.
Jonathan Moore
Directory of Technology
Winfield Public Schools
Office 620.221.5100
Fax 620.221.0508

Quoting Edward Cheadle <>:

> I don't find it hard to believe, but it is sad how
> intolerant people are--particularly people on this
> list The Redhat survey was clearly labeled as
> marketing information. It was not a subtle come on or
> an advertisement.
> Redhat (if some of you have forgotten) sponsored this
> mail list and is trying to promote Linux down many
> different avenues. Many of you have never purchased
> Redhat software. This is understandable--money in
> education is difficult to come by, but it also means
> that redhat has to conserve its money and still find
> ways to meet it's customers needs and pay for things
> like the computers and bandwidth that this mailing
> list consumes. It is not a monopoly so it can't simply
> raise prices to cover marketing costs and it is
> competing against on of strongest monopolies in the
> world. A simple survey on this mail list makes a lot
> of sense. They don't do it often and the information
> they collect helps to target thier marketing more
> directly.
> This a list of lots of smart people trying to do a
> hard job with very little resources. The people on
> this list of all lists should understand the value of
> information. Isn't collecting and disseminating
> information what education is all about?
> How can Redhat continue to grow and expand if it does
> not answer market needs? How can it find out what it
> needs if it has to spend money needlessly when a
> simple request can be made. If redhat does not make
> money someway, who will host lists like this one?
> I buy software from redhat when I could easily
> download it. I have high speed connections at home and
> work. This is because they do a great job and the
> money I spend with them is far less than with other
> software. Reality check time. I have six computers at
> home and in my wife's business.
> My Software costs for MS SW would be:
> 5 X $200 MS XP      =  $1,000
> 1 X $700 MS Server =  $  700
> 3 X $400 MS Office =  $1,200
> Yearly maintenace is roughly 27%  or $783 per year. 
> For all of Redhat's software I pay either $39 or $199
> depending on the version I buy. Redhat gets 40 bucks
> to Redmonds 2900 + 783 per year.  Do we think we can
> cut them some slack?  Instead of bitching and moaning,
> how about some creative ideas on how Redhat can
> compete and serve the education market more effectivly
> instead of silly whining about some survey. 
> Oh and no, I am not affiliated with Redhat in any way. 
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