CIO Today: Pssst... Free Linux! Only $799!
Apr 15, 2005, 22:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)
"How free is Linux? If your application vendor only supports one
of the Red Hat enterprise editions and this obligates you to pay at
least $799 for your first year, is it still free? More directly,
under what circumstances is Linux at $1,295 free with your order
for an IBM OpenPower eServer 9174-720E?
"In theory, of course, the answer is that you're not licensing
Linux; in fact, you're not even getting an IBM operating system.
You're getting a '1 year standard subscription and support license'
from Red Hat, which you're then entitled to install on that IBM