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Computerworld NZ: Red Hat Users Rethink Linux Direction

Nov 18, 2003, 17:00 (15 Talkback[s])
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"Red Hat's decision to stop supporting its free Linux distribution has caused two Canadian universities to rethink their directions when it comes to the open source operating system.

"Both the University of Toronto (U of T) and the University of Waterloo (UW) in Waterloo, Ontario are in the process of deciding whether to pay for Red Hat's enterprise version or switch to other distributions such as Debian, or Red Hat's new free Linux--Fedora Core 1.

"'It came as no surprise to us that Red Hat was having a hard time selling free software,' says Ian Howard, Unix systems administrator, information systems and technology at UW. 'But for the virtues of Linux, choosing to buy a vendor-supported version and having the overhead of administering licenses and subscriptions and the loss of the empowerment takes away the actual desire for using Linux in the first place...'"

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