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Re: Rhl-list digest, Vol 1 #35 - 25 msgs

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Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:

Out of curiousity, why is the Enterprise stuff not an option for

Based on their stats, (http://www-oss.fnal.gov/projects/fermilinux/common/stats/index.html)
it looks like they would end up with a pretty hefty bill with 2435 installs out there. I'm guessing that isn't counting the compute cluster stations too, but I could be wrong.



John in correct.
We do have several machines that use Enterprise Linux, that is for those one or two machines that have to have them, like Oracle servers.

We have read through the license several times, and it is of our opinion that we cannot just get one or ten Enterprise Linux machines, and then put the patches out. Every once in a while we are told we can by one person or another, but we always go back to the license, and don't do it.

Could we buy in bulk? Well, maybe we could. But that would be an extremely big break in our policies and what we do.

We customize the base RedHat so that it is customized for Fermi's enviroment, and also so users support goes through us as much as we can make it possible. (We make it so up2date doesn't turn on, and yum, pointed at us, does. As well as other things.) And we give these releases to, pretty much anyone who asks.

If we arn't able to freely distribute the releases, our entire infrastructure would have to be redone.

Troy Dawson  dawson fnal gov  (630)840-6468
Fermilab  ComputingDivision/CSS  CSI Group

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