On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:58:26 +0100, Iago Rubio <iago.rubio(a)hispalinux.es>
The decoder license is $60,000. What's that? The revenue RH gets from
selling 40 copies of RHEL 3 AS -- with a kernel that's so full of race
conditions and deadlocks that we had to wipe our hands of it and just
install mainline 2.6 (the system runs quite nicely now) and support that
ought to be in the dictionary next to "worthless". It's good if you have
Q: The computer doesn't turn on
A: Have you looked to see if it's plugged in?
Q: I forgot the root password.
A: Try booting with a rescue disk
But if you're unlucky enough to have kernel problems with RH (and I've
had them on every RH distribution from kernel 2.2 to kernel 2.4) you're
SOL. I've had great experiences with Fedora and am optimistic about RHEL
4, but I've been burned bad enough I just might install Solaris 10 on the
next batch of servers I'm getting.
Perhaps RH could spend some of the money that it's not spending on
quality assurance and support and buy a decoder license and put an end to
this nonsense. (Granted, I don't see a 'one-time' licensing fee for the
encoder and the encoder licensing really does look stiff.)