csamuel at vpac.org
Mon Sep 29 20:36:50 EDT 2003
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On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 06:23 am, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
> Indeed: by demanding Red Hat / SuSE you may already be using a
> proprietary solution (since you can't redistribute their Linux
For RHEL though you can build a free version from source providing you remove
the RH trademarked items. I don't believe this is possible for SLES as that
contains proprietary code.
> If your vendor only supplies binaries which are vendor/version locked -
> strongly consider changing your vendor.
The problem is that this sort of thing is such a niche market there is often
only one vendor. The real issue isn't an overt vendor lock in, just that if
you're not running what they support then you risk getting shrugged off with
"we don't support that" if (when?) something goes wrong and need some help.
Personally I like open source a lot, but in our line of work we have to
provide for our users requirements or they'll go elsewhere.
Christopher Samuel - (03)9925 4751 - VPAC Systems & Network Admin
Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing http://www.vpac.org/
Bldg 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia
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