Long-term support and backport risk
Posted Jun 22, 2007 2:24 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Long-term support and backport risk
Parent article: Long-term support and backport risk
How, in the eyes of end users, is it really different?
No difference. The situation to which you responded, and the one that HenrikH described have the same effect on a user. I brought it up only because your comment was not responsive to the comment to which you attached it, indicating you probably misread it.
Whether or not people have access to the source code is less and less relevant to whether or not people pay for per-seat licensing
I don't think access to source code is relevant at all to this thread; you'll notice I didn't mention it.
What is relevant is that all sellers of Linux kernels permit their customers (because they have to) to make as many copies as they want and pass them on to as many people as they want, for the same price as one copy. Microsoft does not do that. Neither does Sun.
And that's why Microsoft and Sun can spend millions of dollars testing and Red Hat cannot.
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