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Re: Fedora and the System Administrator -- "have" -> "had"



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On Friday 03 October 2003 08:06 am, Paul Gear wrote:
> Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> > On Fri, 2003-10-03 at 07:41, Paul Gear wrote:
> >>That's not what they claim.  At
> >> http://fedora.redhat.com/about/rhel.html they claim Fedora is for
> >> "Early adopters, enthusiasts, developers".  The rest of their
> >> products (WS, ES, AS) are for business.  There is no "consumer"
> >> product.
> >
> > Okay, change my "have" to "had" and I am now correct.  Red Hat
> > _used_ to refer to the RHL series as "consumer."
> >
> > Fedora is no longer "consumer" like RHL was.  I stand corrected.
> >
> > We now have "Fedora" and "enterprise" : "ethusiast" and "business"
>
> And that's the whole problem, isn't it?  :-)  Some of us need more
> than "enthusiast", but less than "enterprise"...
>
> I really don't understand why Red Hat couldn't just dump the "boxed
> set, store shelf" part of the "consumer" distro and still do
> everything as before.  That would cut back most of the costs
> associated with the retail channel, yet allow us to keep using a
> reasonably well-supported OS.
>
> Surely producing a CD-ROM distribution available by subscription only
> and charging a low-to-medium amount of money for RHN basic wouldn't
> be that much of a money sink...

Here's my take on this.  RH was apparently on two development tracks, 
RHL and RHEL.  Each had a separate code base.  I think RHEL was based 
on RH 7.2, but I could be wrong.  In essence you had double the work 
support two products.  That meant a large duplication of effort on the 
development and test end, including duplicating some staff.  They 
couldn't support both.  Creating box sets is peanuts compared to the 
cost of maintaining two code sets.

Mike W
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