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Ubuntu Server: Cheap 'n' Cheerful, and Easy to Use

Oct 14, 2008, 13:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Regardless of whether support is purchased, then, organizations using Ubuntu servers get free access to security fixes and other updates that Canonical endorses. But Ubuntu only makes economic sense if a good proportion of its servers in a given organization are unsupported. That's because the support contracts (which include limited indemnity against claims of intellectual property infringements from the use of Ubuntu) that Canonical offers are more expensive than those offered by Red Hat: Canonical charges $2,750 per year for 24X7 support, while Red Hat's subscription is $1,299 for servers with up to two sockets or $2,499 for more powerful machines, and Novell's subscription is $1,499."

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