[Beowulf] A press release

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Fri Jul 4 17:08:15 EDT 2008

On Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 01:29:39AM -0400, Gregory Warnes wrote:

> On fundimental difference in philospohy explains both the fundimental
> differences between RPM and debian packages, and the reason for the lack of
> emphasis of in-place upgrades of desktop distros: vendor income.  It is not
> in Red Hat¹s financial interest to make it easy to upgrade a system in-place
> by an automated tool.  They make money by selling new O/S versions.
> Consequently, Red Hat explicitly designed the RPM format to discourage
> in-place upgrades. 

Please take off your tin hat.

Red Hat sells by subscription, so, it doesn't matter which version of RHEL
you are running, just the count of servers. See:


and note that there are no version numbers mentioned.

-- greg

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