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Re: [SLE] SuSE pricing and upgrades
  • From: Jeffrey Taylor <jeff.taylor@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 09:41:58 -0500
  • Message-id: <20010504094158.B6041@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cheap updates are available. I updated Samba last night via FTP.
SuSE continues to make available updates for several years. For me,
the biggest cost of new versions is the days to reconfigure
everything. The money is a smaller part.

I think there was a upgrade version for 7.0. The retailers wouldn't
carry it, so you had to order direct and pay full list price, which
was just about street price for the full version. Guess what


Quoting Paul Abrahams <abrahams@xxxxxxx>:
> I think there's something counterproductive in the way that
> SuSE prices various versions and upgrades. A couple of
> people on this list have commented that even at $70, the
> Professional Version is well worth it. I'd agree - were
> it possible to get free or really cheap upgrades for a
> while. I think of it not as a purchase but as a
> maintenance fee. How much should I pay per year to have
> the latest version?
> Here's a suggestion: keep the Pro Edition price at $70 but
> offer upgrade CDs for just a little more than the cost of
> manufacturing and distributing them (with an online version
> also available, of course). Each upgrade CD would be a
> "delta" on the previous one, changing only what's been
> modified, and therefore useless as a complete system. I'd
> be willing to pay $70 for a clean new system every couple of
> years but not every 4 months, which is about how often new
> versions come out.
> I don't think SuSE would get any less revenue under this
> plan.

I don't do Windows and I don't come to work before nine.
-- Johnny Paycheck

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