Fedora and the System Administrator -- Red Hat v. SuSE it is not ...

Bill Anderson bill at noreboots.com
Fri Oct 3 01:39:42 UTC 2003

On Thu, 2003-10-02 at 17:08, Buck wrote:
> Now compare this:  
> Red Hat Linux 9 has free ISOs from the internet.  
> SuSE Install from the internet (BPITA) or download to a server with NFS
> installed and install from that server.
> Red Hat network for 12 months (for up2date) $60.00  
> SuSE Professional Upgrade: includes disks and their version of up2date
> for the supported life of the product.

Whoa there Hoss. The update is just that, an update. Compare
Professional, not the update. Professional is 80 bucks. The update
*service* is 50, bu the website is a bit confusing on the whole thing.

The maintenance of packages ofr he life of the product is no the same as
using an u2date network service (though to be at least somewhat on
topic, Fedora's up2date supports apt and yum for third party tools
whereas YOU does not.

> I know that RHL is history.  But that is what I had a few weeks ago.
> Both Red Hat and SuSE are releasing new products every 4-6 months.  Red
> hat was maintaining theirs for the life of the following release (8-12
> months total) 

And Now Fedora will total 7-10 months for maintenance. SuSE says their
non-enterprise cycle is 6 months, not 4-6 -- that's Fedora.

> and SuSE maintains theirs for 18 - 24 months, but "that's
> not a promise" or, in other words, subject to change without notice or
> continued support. Lol  

IIRC< RH says the same thing about Fedora: no SLA

> Really, the cost of RHL with maintenance and SuSE with maintenance was
> about the same. Buy every other version of SuSE and it would be about
> the same price. 
Now that this thread is thoroughly hijacked ...

For Enterprise Desktops you are looking at:
  RH:    179/year (Basic)
  SuSE:  120+100/year (get 5) (Basic)

  RH "Standard" WS:  300/year -- includes 4 hour SLA on phone support, 
                                 2 bus day on web
  SuSE: Apparently no "Premium" on Desktop.

For Enterprise Servers you are looking at:
 Product       Basic     Standard    Premium      
  RH-AS         n/a        1499         2499
  RH-ES         349         799         n/a
  SuSE-ES       750(699/year after)     2250

For RHAS Std Support: See above for desktops.
For RHAS Premium Support:  pri-1 ticket response time:Web; 1 BD. Phone:
1 hour
For SLES "Maintenance" Support: You can download stuff and join a web
portal. You get email for security updates.
For SLES Premium Support: 2 hour on phone, no SLA on any other means of

Life cycle:
 RH:   "at least five years"
 SuSE: 5 years from launch date (not from EOL as some have said)

So comparing ES to ES: RH wins hands down on support/price
Comparing AS to ES: RH wins hands down on support, for a bit more money.

Bill Anderson
RHCE #807302597505773
bill at noreboots.com

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