[lug] Fedora *MEETS* KRUD comments wanted
peter-lists at hutnick.com
Thu Sep 25 19:10:50 MDT 2003
Rob Nagler said:
> Peter Hutnick writes:
>> Mindshare. [snip]
>> Install Base. [snip]
>> Good Will. [snip]
>> Surely they realize that this move will alienate some number of
>> people. The real question is whether the increase in license sales
>> will out weigh the loss of the items above in what I am going to
>> suddenly call the medium term.
> $60/year for RHN is not gouging. My cell phone costs more per month
> than that. RHN is continually innovating, and somebody has to pay for
> that. At $180/year, I'll maybe think about optimizing with autorpm, but
> maybe not. It's an insignificant cost in comparison my other
> business expenses (rent, colo, people), and I'm much happier with
> RH's service in comparison to, say, Microsoft or Oracle--two of the
> biggest price gougers in the industry.
I don't disagree with anything you said. (And I never said or implied
that RHN at $60 is gouging . . .)
My point was about my home systems. My major point was that *I* will
probably be migrating off of RH because of these changes. While this has
no direct negative effect (since I download), I think that it will have
indirect effects. (i.e. I will get real cozy with some other distro,
which will likely spread into my professional life.) I also think that my
circumstances are not terribly uncommon, and that these cumulative
secondary effects could be surprisingly significant.
Said another way, the little-f free ISOs I've downloaded amount to an
advertising cost to RH. I believe that this advertising has been
incalculably effective and abandoning it might be a bad business move.
And, again, in the interest of intellectual honesty, I /want/ free ISOs ;-)
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