If Fedora release is not again delayed I think we can make it by June 2nd. I'm afraid
sending media directly from the vendor doesn't save much time. For example F16 media
for France went directly from the vendor and they arrived about the same time as media
that were delivered to our office and sent with Fedex. If we send it via Fedex we can use
the corporate rate, that Red Hat has, which is significantly lower than normal prices. We
also have better control over packages. We can send exact numbers, include letters for
customs etc. Accounting was also very smooth. Red Hat Czech bought 1,000 DVDs and sharing
the order helped both RHC and Fedora community lower the unit cost. Ordering media from
abroad for us, Red Hat Czech, would be much more complicated in terms of accounting. Last,
but not least, first time with a vendor is always most difficult. There were some small
problems and misunderstandings that I think have been solved. We've communicated and
clarified time and quality requirements, what we have to provide as artworks etc.
That's something we would have to go through with a new vendor again.
Splitting the media into several orders wouldn't be very cheap, I'm afraid. The
unit cost goes down with higher quantity a lot. For example normal DVDs cost almost 15 CZK
per unit in 1,000 quantities, DL DVDs cost something above 10 CZK per unit in 3,000
I'm not fighting for doing it in the Czech Republic again. In fact, it means much
more work for me, but I think the advantages were worth the work.
I completly agree that it is a reall gain for us (EMEA) to work with
Brno for media production.
We would have quotes for
* 2000 Multi Desktop DL, 1000 Installer 32, 1000 Installer 64
* 3000 Multi Desktop DL, 1000 Installer 32, 1000 Installer 64
Jiri, could you then please tell us the unit price difference for the
Multi Desktop DL?
I could come up with a quote for 1000 Multi Desktop DL, if it's
basically the same price, we could think about a small (1000)
production here in France, therefore we would be able to ship some for
the Release Parties with a short deadline. Of course, it would work
only if we could have them before yours.
It costs nothing to ask see later if it is a bad idea, or not.
(Spreading shipment is not necessarily more expensive).