Originally posted by cs-cam
Redhat isn't the only distro with support though, Mandrake and Suse both offer enterprise versions and I'm sure a lot of others do too
Which suggests that if the kit is important enough to warrant "one of the big players" you may still get better pricing if you "shop locally" i.e. Deadrat in the US, or maybe Mandriva/SuSE in Europe. depends where the business is.
Anythings got to be worth a look. Obviously Timmy17's boss is looking for cost saving.
One of the things that I've heard about from one of the consultant types at the LUG was using something like debian stable on the mission critical kit (servers and the like) and then something more desktop oriented for the rest.
the person concerned did say that he often can undercut some of the "big players" that way, because he can use distros in that way, but also because he doesn't have a big expensive corporate structure to support.