[lug] Red Hat Professional Workstation
nate at natetech.com
Sat Jan 17 01:31:34 MST 2004
On Friday, Jan 16, 2004, at 06:50 America/Denver, BOF wrote:
> There has been much confusion over what Red Hat has been doing in
> regards to its split into the Fedora and Enterprise lines.
Yep, they did a bad job of organization and communication. Oh well.
Why do you have to fix it for them? That's their job.
I don't understand the "hey let me help you figure it out" postings on
ALL SORTS of mailing lists (not just CLUE and NCLUG) with "helpful"
people trying to help me figure out this fact...
*** What was once free as in beer, is not anymore. ***
That's easily deduced and is no big deal. So RedHat wants people to
pay for their distro now. Oh well. So what? Since all of the
software is also Free as in Freedom... why not would anyone in their
right mind simply use someone else's distro with the exact same things
There was a point in time when Kudzu and RH's hardware auto-detection
on i386 hardware were King, but there are at least four solid distros
that do a BETTER job nowadays. What's the mental block against using
those instead of the big Red fuzzy headwarmer?
When we all figure out Linux is Linux... and move on when someone says
"you must pay for Free Software"... things will make more sense.
Because of the GPL, Linux is forever Free... even if the companies that
sell it die and the "product" is no longer "cool"... that's the
For me personally, RedHat's shift in pricing from $0 to anything >$0
says... "time to move on." And yes, I am still a paying RedHat Network
member. Blindly thinking that paying $60 a year (originally $99) would
cover the expenses of RH putting together pieces parts from all over
the globe, that they didn't even have to write in-house, was naieve of
me I guess. I paid my money and took my chances, no harm done here...
but definitely... time to move on. They screwed people over when they
dropped UltraSparc support too, but I just moved that box to Debian and
have all the same software on it I always did. Gee, go figure.
Nate Duehr, nate at natetech.com
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