Preview Red Hat Network is pleased to announce new levels of service in Red Hat Linux Systems Management: Red Hat Network Basic Service and Red Hat Network Workgroup Service. The following chart compares the offerings.
Free Basic refers to our complimentary Basic Service. All users receive one complimentary subscription to Basic Service for registering with Red Hat Network.
Paid Basic refers to Basic Service subscriptions that are purchased directly from Red Hat Network. These subscriptions are $60 per system and renew annually. Paid Basic also refers to trial subscriptions, such as those activated with the purchase of a boxed set. These subscriptions do not renew; to continue them, you must purchase an equivalent number of annual subscriptions. Read more.
Workgroup refers to Workgroup Service subscriptions that are purchased directly from Red Hat Network. These subscriptions are $240 per system, and renew annually. Read more.
Looks like Red Hat is trying to achieve the same thing Microsoft wants to achieve ... annual payments. Red Hat is tying their payments to an optional service agreement. Microsoft is tying their annual payments to expiring software licenses. Red Hat gives you the option of buying one copy of the software, distributing it free and supporting yourself or purchasing ongoing support from them. Microsoft gives you no choice. Pay more bucks or the license expires. The company I work for has about 5,000 employees in 5 states. We are an almost all Microsoft shop now, but as more and more services are centralized via our Intranet, it is becoming more obvious that many users only need a terminal emulator, a Java compliant web browser, and a decent e-mail client. Linux on the desktop is becoming more attractive every day.