||11-22-2005 10:15 PM
Originally posted by microsoft/linux
ou get autoupdates using apt and cron, security patches in the apt repositories, and the most stability out of Debian. Support and warranty are the only things missing, and you can purchase 3rd party support
that is the point. you still have to PAY for the support. Also with debian, they take a lot longer then most distros to get patches out. example is debian is still on the 2.6.11 kernel with the rest of the world on 2.6.14...
dont get me wrong i love debian, it is my distro of choice, but it is so stable because they take an extremely long time to test things before they put stuff in the apt repositories.
RHE on the other hand allows you to pay for all kinds of supports and you get priority downloads on security patches and updates.
So yes why people can get Linux and FreeBSD for free, they do not get any kind of real support other then web based like this forum, or your local LUG. When you buy UNIX or AIX or what ever you get real world phone support, 24/7 onsite support if you pay for it, etc... this is part of BUYING their product you are getting everything you could want from hardware, to phone, to e-mail, to onsite help, etc... for a price tag. To a lot of companies this is worth it as by the time their initial contract expires, they hope, their IT staff will be skilled enough to deal with 99% of problems and they know they can make a phone call, pay a fee, and get support ASAP to fix a major problem.