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From: Michael Viron (mviron_at_findaschool.org)
Date: Mon Feb 03 2003 - 19:16:10 CST
$5,000 may not seem to be much to you, but with a startup company, when it
comes down to either paying someone's salary or paying $5,000 or more in
support / update costs, what do you think that company would rather spend
the money on? I have enough problems getting approval for something that's
$500 (minimum 5-8 week turnaround) that I can only imagine how long it
would take for me to get approval (if I managed to) for a $5,000 / yr expense.
Now, on the other hand for a company that is established, and supporting
even just 100 users -- it's only $50 / user (compared to the $1,000 / user
that a 5 person startup would be paying).
At 06:47 PM 2/3/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>On Mon Feb 03 17:37 -0600, Evan Waite wrote:
>> Are you planning on offering a new Corporate Server product with a
>> longer lifecycle (similar to Redhat's Advance Server)? 18 Month
>> lifecycle for servers isn't very attractive for businesses. I for one
>> would love a new version of Corp Server based off 8.2 or 9.0
>Perhaps updates for older distributions could be handled on a sort of
>"Street Performer" type system. If people want to continue to receive
>updates, at least, say $50,000 per year must be raised. The packages
>that are being used by those who contribute to the fund will receive
>extra priority when it comes to building and testing such updates.
>$50,000 (USD) sounds like a reasonable figure. With two legacy
>distributions generating that sort of revenue to keep the updates
>coming, a member of secteam could be hired with the sole job of
>monitoring and providing support to a comparatively small number of
>paying clients (contributors would get an extra priority means of
>communication with the secteam member charged with their version).
>Someone using Mandrake 8.0 or 8.2 for their servers shouldn't have much
>trouble justifying $5,000 for support and security updates throughout
>their enterprise. Only 10 such enterprises would be needed to keep a
>version supported (the updates would be publicly available, of course).
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