Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2006 18:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why."
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RE[3]: Er.... Content?
by bryanv on Mon 6th Nov 2006 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Er.... Content?"
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You're an idiot.

It's not that they can be trusted more. Companies make mistakes all the time, often with very dire consequences.

The difference is that companies can offer support, or liability in some cases, which is nothing more than another place to point the finger when something does happen.

People don't buy support contracts because they 'have to', they do it because 'they can'. Contracts of that nature are nearly _always_ CYA political moves. A calculated risk. You'll spend X amount of budget to have someone that you can point the figure at when system Y tanks. Is your job worth X in budget? If yes, pay support contract for Y. If not, then sod all and hope Y never has a problem.

Anyone who thinks people are paying OSS vendor support contracts because of a 'level of service' or "updates" of higher quality than you can get from the last stable build of any major distro is deluding themselves.

You pay not for peace of mind in quality of code. You pay for peace of mind in knowing you've got someone else to blame.


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