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RE: [SLE] Do you buy the boxed set this time around?
  • From: "Greg Wallace" <gregwallace@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2006 20:33:49 -0500
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On Sunday, April 02, 2006 @ 5:21 PM, jfweber wrote:

>On Sunday 02 April 2006 5:38 pm, Anders Johansson wrote:
>> On Sun, 2006-04-02 at 16:14 -0500, Greg Wallace wrote:
>> > Though the packaging is also valuable, right? SuSE, Red Hat, etc.
>> > tie everything together in their distro. There's value in that
>> > above and beyond the value of the individual open source components
>> > therein, right?
>All the work that under paid guys did, as well as all the testing..
>making certain the installer worked.. that is worth money.

>> I think the topic of discussion was between buying the software as
>> opposed to downloading the rpms/ISO images for free. Then the main
>> value add is the support you get when you buy it

>And it used to be in the books, not the last package but prior ones
>included what amounted to text books that lead new folks ( myself
>included) into the linux world by the hand if need be.
>I didn't always read every word in them, but I always felt that if I
>needed some information in the dead of night I would find it in those
>books. And I was ( and still am ) willing to pay a good portion of the
>total price of each packaged set was in creating and writing and
>printing those books.

>I know there is this anti "dead tree: brigade about somewhere.. but the
>idea that you can just read it on your computer is no consolation when
>you can't get past a screen you have never seen before which wants you
>to enter....... what? Something? Anything ?????? IF you can not boot
>the machine the books on the hard drive do you less good than a good
>stiff drink !


Yeah, I missed having that myself. I guess they looked at cost vs what the
competition was providing and made a business decision, but I'd personally
like to see that manual come back.

Greg Wallace

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