|FROM ||Ruben I Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Red Hat tells customers, 'No more freebies!"
As I discussed with Evan on the phone, this is a very bad decision
by red Hat for their own health. They are underestimating the importance
of the market share and marketing value that they get from Red Hat box sets
I would venture to say that today there would not BE a Red Hat corperation
if it was not for the marketing value that they recieved from their RH linux
distributions. I view this as a reactionary move by the company in light of
bad recession that the nation has undergone since the attack on New York on
September 11th, 2003. But I see a real uptick in the IT market place, and if
anything, even if this decision makes sense, it is 6 months too late.
Where does Red Hat think it is going to get the kind of publicity and free press
that they got in the market place which was generated by their distribution? With
radio and TV advertising?
Have they followed what is happening at SUN?
On 2003.11.03 13:35 "Inker, Evan" wrote:
> Title Red Hat tells customers, 'No more freebies!"
> Date 2003.11.03 11:51
> Author roblimo
> Topic Linux
> In an email to Red Hat Network customers, the company has announced today
> that it "...will discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat
> Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 as of December 31, 2003," that "Red Hat will
> discontinue maintenance and errata support for Red Hat Linux 9 as of April
> 30, 2004," and that "Red Hat does not plan to release another product in the
> Red Hat Linux line." This should not come as a surprise to NewsForge
> regulars who saw this story on October 23, but less-prepared Red Hat users
> seem shocked by the idea.
> Text of the email:
> Thank you for being a Red Hat Network customer.
> This e-mail provides you with important information about the upcoming
> discontinuation of Red Hat Linux, and resources to assist you with your
> migration to another Red Hat solution.
> As previously communicated, Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and
> errata support for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 as of December
> 31, 2003. Red Hat will discontinue maintenance and errata support for
> Red Hat Linux 9 as of April 30, 2004. Red Hat does not plan to release
> another product in the Red Hat Linux line.
> With the recent announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3, you'll
> find migrating to Enterprise Linux appealing. We understand
> that transitioning to another Red Hat solution requires careful planning
> and implementation. We have created a migration plan for Red Hat Network
> customers to help make the transition as simple and seamless as
> possible. Details:
> If you purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS or ES Basic before February
> 28, 2004, you will receive 50% off the price for two years.[*] (That's two
> years for the price of one.)
> In addition, we have created a Red Hat Linux Migration Resource Center
> to address your migration planning and other questions, such as:
> * What are best practices for implementing the migration to Red Hat
> Enterprise Linux?
> * Are there other migration alternatives?
> * How do I purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS or ES Basic at the price
> * What if my paid subscription to RHN extends past April 30, 2004?
> Find out more about your migration options with product comparisons,
> whitepapers and documentation at the Red Hat Linux Migration Resource
> Or read the FAQ written especially for Red Hat Network customers:
> Red Hat, Inc.
> [*] Limit 10 units. Higher volume purchase inquiries should contact a
> regional Red Hat sales representative. Contact numbers available at
> --the Red Hat Network Team
> The Bottom Line:
> If you want to use an enterprise-level Linux distribution with the Red Hat
> name on it, you are going to spend significant money. If you want to keep
> using a Red Hat-style distribution for free, you'll use Fedora. And if
> neither of these options appeal to you, there are plenty of other Linux
> distributions out there for you to choose from.
> "this story on October 23" -
> "Fedora" - http://fedora.redhat.com/
> "plenty of other Linux distributions" - http://old.lwn.net/Distributions/
> Errata: Security Alerts, Bugfixes, and Enhancements
> Red Hat releases Errata Alerts in three categories: Security Alerts, Bug Fix
> Alerts, and Enhancement Alerts. Each Errata Alert is comprised of a summary
> of the problem and the solution, including the RPM package(s) required to
> fix the problem.
> The Red Hat Security Resource Center contains more information including
> details on how to contact us about security issues.
> Errata Support Period
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux -- Red Hat has established fixed life cycles for
> Red Hat Enterprise Linux which will allow customers and partners to plan
> their resources, certifications and implementations accordingly.
> To facilitate customer maintenance cycles, Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be
> supported via errata updates. These Updates will contain security, bug fix
> and enhancement errata that has been qualified on the appropriate Red Hat
> Enterprise Linux release and architecture. The scope of enhancement errata
> is constrained to additional hardware support. Security errata will be the
> only errata released independent of the Updates.
> More details...
> Red Hat Linux -- Red Hat's policy for Red Hat Linux distributions is to
> provide maintenance for at least 12 months. At certain times, Red Hat may
> extend errata maintenance for certain popular releases of the operating
> system. End of Life dates for errata maintenance for currently supported
> products are listed below:
> Red Hat Linux 9 (Shrike) April 30, 2004
> Red Hat Linux 8.0 (Psyche) December 31, 2003
> Red Hat Linux 7.3 (Valhalla) December 31, 2003
> Red Hat Linux 7.2 (Enigma) December 31, 2003
> Red Hat Linux 7.1 (Seawolf) December 31, 2003
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