[unclug] RHN proxy
ingham at email.unc.edu
Fri Dec 12 16:39:25 EST 2003
I'm very excited that this discussion is happening, but a little
dismayed about a couple of things.
A point that seems to missed is that the $5,000 is an *annual* expense.
Sure, we can take up a collection, pool our money and pay the bill this
year. Then we have to do it again next year? And the year after that?
And ibiblio has graciously offered to host the system, but does that
mean that they have to find the money to buy and replace the hardware?
There seems to be little doubt that there are enough RH installations on
campus to justify a base level recurring annual expense ($5K plus
hardware costs periodically) so that each license for individual systems
is a fraction of what it would be without that initial annual expense.
Fred indicated that "there are nearly 500 machines that initially could
be installed with Red Hat." That, to me, means that we probably
*already* spend more across the University for departments to
individually license and maintain RH machines than we would with the RHN
My sense is that a centrally supported (and funded!) RHN also increases
the likelihood that machines will be kept "up2date" (since it costs
departments less to do so), which improves the security of the campus
My 2 cents.
andy_ingham at unc.edu
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