Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th May 2006 13:53 UTC, submitted by IndigoJo
Apple Alcibiades' recent article hit some sensitive nerves. One of our readers wrote a retort, stating: "The reader will notice that this author glosses over two important issues in attacking the Mac community. One of these is that Windows, at least since 95, has always been notorious for its reliability and security issues. He does not mention the 'Blue Screen of Death' even once. He does not mention the fact that, to run Windows reliably, you need anti-virus software which costs extra (unless it came bundled with the machine), and uses extra system resources. He does not mention the continual updates, which as time goes on, detract from the performance of Windows - or even that the last fresh Windows OS was released as long ago as 2001."
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> By comparisson, Redhat 7.2 came out around the same time as well, but hasn't been updated in 2 and a half years.

Hmmm...this statement is bit misleading. It may be that Red Hat themselves released the last update for 7.2 that long ago, but Progeny - see - extended that with a paid update service for 7.2 (but that seems to have been terminated in December 2005).

I never attempted an "warm" upgrade from 7.2 to 7.3 myself, but it may indeed be possible (and is free). If you could move from 7.2 to 7.3, then you fall into the clutches of the Fedora Legacy project at which is indeed still providing free updates for 7.3.

And I haven't even covered the possibilities of moving to Red Hat 8.0 or 9 from a 7.X release (which might be possible and also is free) or, indeed, shifting into the Fedora Core family of releases (also free). Compare all of this with moving from one release of Windows or Mac OS X to the next one - yep, it costs you money every time (and not a small amount either!).

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Or, you know, staying somewhat up to date and having moved to RHEL when the free RH support was cut like 3 years ago...

There's no excuse for not being able to upgrade in a period of 5 years. If you can't upgrade in that time that system should be so well insulated that it won't matter. Otherwise: You have an IT problem.
Important systems that you can't upgrade in a few months and would need to be kept up to date that quickly are bad signs...

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