From: Cormac McClean (cmcclean at domain ait.ie)
Date: Mon 08 May 2000 - 17:22:54 IST
As far as I'm concerned, the advantages of buying a boxed set are
twofold - having the CD-ROMs and having a manual. You also get
30 days installation support, but I imagine that you won't need
I work with RH6.1 at work downloaded from the internet, and don't
think I'm at any disadvantage by not buying the box set. A couple
of years ago I bought Red Hat Linux Unleashed which came with
RH 5.2. I've since upgraded the version I'm using from then,
but still find the old manual very useful.
On the other hand, I did buy the SuSE 6.3 box set, featuring 6 CD-ROMs
and manual. I find it useful having the CD-ROMs at hand to reinstall
the OS or add extra applications. The manual is reasonably good, too.
I've been thinking about this as well - I want to upgrade the Linux
Lab in the college from RH6.0 to RH6.2 and I'm wondering whether it's
worth the college's money to buy a box set.
The thing about the Linux distros on magazines is that they tend to be
less familiar ones, e.g. Mandrake and Definite, albeit based on Red hat.
I think it comes down to:
a) do you have a manual or ready access to Linux info?
b) do you want the Red Hat CD-Roms, or are you happy with either
installing from the Internet, or running secondary distros?
I have to think this out myself. I have a feeling that I won't buy
a box set for Red Hat 6.2 (whenever they become available).
Not sure if this helps!
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