How much longer are they going to want linux though if:
a) Linux is more expensive. Take a company looking at deploying either Linux or Windows XP to the desktop, for a 4 year period. While these companies expect to upgrade the applications over that 4 year period they would prefer to keep OS changes to a minimum (ideally just security updates and maybe drivers for new hardware if needed). They
Microsoft Windows XP: $300.
plus virus protection utilities, plus apps, plus yearly microsoft licensing costs - and the hidden costs of worms, virii etc.
Red Hat Enterprise WS:
You can have relatively few, mission critical servers in the server room running RHAS or something like it -
On the desktop you could deploy RHAW if you like it and think it's worthwhile, otherwise you could run plain old consumer grade RH if you prefer, or perhaps thin clients - or even (gasp) S.u.S.E on the desktop, as some do.
On another note, lots of folks grumble about Red Hat not being _that_ much cheaper than ms windows, and threaten to go running back to microsoft if Red Hat doesn't slash prices.
To me, price is the least of the reasons I use Linux - if Red Hat and ms windows are at the same price, guess what? It's a no-brainer, I'll pick Red Hat every time.
If Red Hat gets to be 10 times as expensive as ms windows, that doesn't necessitate that I move to a microsoft solution, but I will indeed look for alternative linux vendors, or alternate unixy OSes -
Bottom line for me is, it's not so much about the price as it is the freedom, flexibility, the reliability and the performance - I looked at Linux because it was cheap - I stayed with Linux because it's given me _far_ less grief than any other OS -
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