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RE: [SLE] Price Hike Question & "Bring the Upgrade to the Stores Petition"
- From: tbutler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Timothy R. Butler)
- Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 14:47:33 -0500
- Message-id: <001401c00a16$50f3ff20$0101a8c0@g4958>
I certainly do understand that - but I still think due to brand recognition SuSE
should be cheaper than RedHat. It also seems odd that another low-volume sales
OS - BeOS - was written from scratch (AFAIK) by commercial developers and costs
$10 less than an OS from a company that compiles and supports _other_people's_
software costs $60 - but perhaps I'm not seeing something others are. I guess I'll
just have to live with it - I certainly won't quit buying SuSE over it.
Not the best way to get new Linux users though - "hey, you wanna spend sixty
bucks on some small OS, or would you rather spend twenty more on Windows ME?" ;-)
This isn't Microsoft tactics, but it is Microsoft prices (especially RH, but not
just RH anymore).
Timothy R. Butler Universal Networks
Information Tech. Consultant Christian Web Services Since 1996
ICQ #12495932 AIM: Uninettm An Authorized IPSwitch Reseller
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Rosenberg [mailto:ben@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2000 2:30 PM
> To: SuSE Linux English
> Subject: Re: [SLE] Price Hike Question & "Bring the Upgrade to the
> Stores Petition"
> Yes, your right .. Linux is not the bargain it use to be..and it's
> also not as hard to configure, there is better hardware support,
> more apps, and it IS a better bargain now because you have time left
> for other things then making your own XFree config files.
> I think what people fail to realize is that you get so many apps for
> what you pay and what it costs to Q&A those apps to make sure
> they run well together costs a lot of cash to pay people to do it.
> The tech support that SuSE gives with their distr. costs a lot to
> maintain. I heard over and over and over again at Linuxworld how
> much better SuSE's tech support was than other distributions. Some
> people may not take advantage of the tech support..that's fine but a
> great many people do and it costs quite a bit for the salaries the
> support staff recieves. I would also look at the fact that SuSE
> houses these lists and does a lot for the community. All this costs
> money and I don't think SuSE charges to much. If one were to buy the
> "Oracle" ready edition of Redhat they would pay $2500 and with SuSE
> Professional you get all those tools for around $70 ... if one
> wishes to buy MS SQLserver and NT/2000 run it on you will pay
> through the nose for it. SuSE is nowhere near the cost that these
> other companies are and I REALLY wish people would look at the big
> picture instead of comparing SuSE to these other companies. SuSE has
> not raise their prices in YEARS..and not SuSE is just falling in
> line with other distributions.
> SuSE wants to provide the best service possible and give to the
> Linux community things such as ReiserFS, KDE, the kernel patches
> SuSE provides and a host of other development services, but these
> things also cost to develop and SuSE is still under other
> distributions in price for what the customer recieves...please think
> about this before making judgements against SuSE and comparing SuSE
> to M$ or Redhat.
> /end RANT
> * Timothy R. Butler (tbutler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) [000819 12:11]:
> --> True. But Linux surely isn't the bargain it use to be - as I said before, I
> Ben Rosenberg
> "The only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple. After that, it's all learned."
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