What a day. I've been pushing Linux for a long time in work. We eventually
went RH AS 2.1 over a year ago. At the time we purchased one boxed CD and
installed on approx 7 servers. We used up2date to keep systems up to date
(had to purchase additional lics). As time went by we 'forgot' to update our
systems. Lazy Sysadminitis had set in. Now as more of our systems go Linux
I thought it prudent to keep our systems up dated. I tried up2date. No
luck. Our systems had expired. So we went and purchased 15 Redhat
management lics. Still up2date wouldn't work. Contacted Redhat in Ireland.
It turns out that according to them we should pay for every install to be
able to use up2date. I had thought that we could install and just pay for
updates. Anyway they have recommended that I down grade to ES which makes
sense as we only use 2 processors and never more than 4 gigs ram.
So here is my gripe, it will cost €269 per server to be able to receive
updates. If we had chosen the path to migrate those NT boxes to W2K3 it
would have cost €555 but this would have covered updates by my reckoning
until 2010. So one W2K3 until 2010 costs €555 where as RedHat will cost
Time to look at other vendors. As we use NetWare, SUSE would definitely be
What other vendors would you recommend? It is important that Oracle and Lotus
would support these distros.
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