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RE: [SLE] Price Hike Question & "Bring the Upgrade to the Stores Petition"
- From: tbutler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Timothy R. Butler)
- Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2000 19:17:51 -0500
- Message-id: <000801c00b05$3e16d680$0101a8c0@g4958>
> I think comparing to BeOS is not the thing. Software, in generel is
> usually availeable in the following way: Doorbell rings, you open,
> nobody there. Oh wait, there is a box of CD's on the doormat for a
> visit. You invite it in show it yoour PC and as you finish you put it
> back and indeed the next day it is gone.
My reason for saying that (it might be wrong, but I don't think it is), is that
BeOS Professional (the retail version, Personal is only available as a free
download) has more lines of code developed by BeOS developers than SuSE Linux by
SuSE developers. In other words, Be has invested more time/money into their
product, and yet it is cheaper.
I did not mean Be was a better value to me, but perhaps that since Be has built
the OS from the ground up, it doesn't seem like it should be 20 bucks cheaper.
Maybe the cost differential is due to the fact that Linux requires a much more
sizable amount of support, than a GUI-based OS.
Anyway, just to clarify my statements on that I posted on this list one more
time. I do not wish to say it isn't worth $40-$70 (rather than $30) to me - what I
have attempted to say is that... (1) I think it would be great for the upgrade to
be in the stores. (2) That I think the price hike will discourage Windows-based
Power Users (considering trying Linux) who wouldn't even want to be _caught_
carrying a "personal edition" of a product. If you haven't tried Linux, you aren't
going to be inclined into shelling out $70 for it, and especially SuSE Linux if
all you know about is RedHat.
While I've been digging myself a nice hole in the process, that is in the end,
all I was attempting to point out. 8-)
Timothy R. Butler Universal Networks
Information Tech. Consultant Christian Web Services Since 1996
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