Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 10th May 2007 01:53 UTC, submitted by editingwhiz
Red Hat Red Hat announced a new client product, Red Hat Global Desktop, at its annual Red Hat Summit tradeshow in San Diego. This move is designed, in part, to compete with Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Desktop, which has achieved success in business desktop markets, and with Ubuntu 7.04, which will soon appear on Dell PCs. Some reporting about this can also be found at the company's magazine. Update: Elsewhere, talking security with Red Hat's Mark Cox.
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RE: Red Hat Don't Get the Desktop
by kaiwai on Thu 10th May 2007 23:05 UTC in reply to "Red Hat Don't Get the Desktop"
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Novell believes this as well, but in the mass, throwaway desktop world this is the past. No one wants to get a desktop and then pay a rolling monthly or annual fee for it. They'd rather pay a license and get their updates for nothing, even in enterprises. Paying for updates and support is something reserved for business and mission critical systems and servers.

Pardon? If I go into Novell today, I can pay for several years up front - that's no different to the Microsoft model.

Effectively, when you purchase Microsoft software, you are paying for, upfront, 5 years of support in the form of downloadable updates.

Its how it is marketed which counts; if Novell turned around and said that for 5 years of support and updates, it'll set you back NZ$300 - that would be considerably less than the NZ$ pricing of Windows Vista.

When people hear 'subscription', there are negative connotations - they need to get rid of the notion of 'subscription' when selling their software to end users, and instead offer them a 'one off' price - they think they're getting a better deal, and you make a sale; its the whole psychological idea of needing to 'own' something where as rent comes with this idea of 'it can be taken off me at any moment'.

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