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Re: Fedora and the System Administrator -- there are a lot of variables here ...

Quoting David Holden <dh iucr org>:
> When fedora is release will I beable to say to my boss, yes we can
> install fedora version "x" and be able to rely on redhat providing
> security updates for the next 2-3 years for that version, or will
> have have to say to my boss if you want a stable OS for 2-3year you
> will have to cough up $345 for system/per year.

First off, the last time I checked, RHEL WS is $179/year (or are you talking 
about ES?).

> As far as I know for version of Microsoft OS's your guaranteed >3 years
> use of that OS and security updates are *free*.
> (Yes I know microsoft and security are words that really don't mix :))

Secondly, Microsoft has the volume to sustain security updates on a $99-199 
product.  Red Hat does not.

*BUT* if you keep your Fedora Core current to at least 6 months, possibly a 
year (if I'm reading the details correctly), you _do_ have such updates.

If you need 1-7 years, then you need to purchase a product that will support 
the vendor who does it, given the volume they sell at.

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