Re: Red Hat EW Licensing

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Eric Wood wrote:
We'll I hate to think that RH has made RH9 (and future releases) so glitchy
on purpose so that VARs will be forced to only support its enterprise
editions: AS,ES,WS.

I'm only guessing that there probably won't be much difference between
rawhide quality and RH10 the next go around.  All efforts will go into
enterprise products.  In essense, RH Linux will become (or now is) nothing
more than beta quality platforms for RH Enterprise Linux.

You know, I was going to start a new thread on this, but this is a perfect place to attach these comments.

I just spent about 2 hours trying to get Quicktime playing on my RHL9 workstation. For reference, my test .mov is the latest "Animatrix" movie. I have installed mplayer, and so far, I thought it was great, but there's nothing in the world I can seem to do to get it to play files in a browser. Which led me to install pre-made binaries for vlc. Both players lock up on the Animatrix film. Finally I decided to install Crossover Plugin, which I own, but wanted to get away from to use "native" tools, and it's buggered on RHL9.

I was just about to reboot into Windows XP, which my previously-mentioned massive company has already paid for, when I remembered how great I had it with Red Hat 7.3. Everything "just worked." I got all fired up and switched everything over to RHL9, but I'm thinking I made a big mistake. Almost everything I'm trying to do is frustrated somehow. (See my other thread on gkrellm and sensors for instance.) I wasted a week with being frustrated with 8.0 too. I thought everything would have been ironed out by now.

I know that Red Hat is pushing the envelope on Linux distros, and I have been thinking that this is a good thing. All I need is a recompile, right? But there's too many loose ends for me at this point, and I'm starting to get really sick of it. I think I'm going to just bag it and go back to 7.3 with Ximian Desktop. Maybe I'll try again with RHL10. (Or what*ever* they call it next time, maybe RHL XP!)

I've whined about it before, but I have to say it again: Red Hat was the perfect distro (IMNTBHO) before this big re-alignment. In fact, there was nothing I didn't like about it. I've tried SuSE, Debian, Gentoo, and Mandrake because of these moves, and I still think Red Hat beats them, if but slightly, at the moment. So once 7.3 falls off support, I don't know what I'm going to do.


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