[unclug] Red Hat Licensing for UNC-CH

Scott Adams adams at ils.unc.edu
Fri Feb 20 16:17:52 EST 2004

To answer a few questions that have come to me (if I know the answer):
1. Version 9 is EOL as of April! or is it May!  You will have to upgrade
to RH 3.X
2. Yes personally owned machines will have access to the "updates" and
software if we are part of the deal from my reading of the contract.
3. No the same situation as last years Redhat deal would not occurr with
"seeing all licensed machine".  That would be really bad across 16
campuses :-)
4. The location of the proxy has not been worked out specifically nor, how
many it would take.  "Let's get the numbers first and see if we are even
players."  Ibiblio.org and an NC state group have bothed agreed to host,
will we need others?
5. I would think we are going to give a number, that accounts
for some room for growth.  You are not committing money yet so don't fret the
addition of an extra machine or two over the year.  Just estimate.
6. A year stands for 12 months plus/minus a month.
7. Yes a meeting of the minds would be appropriate to discuss the proxy
server, billing, access to said proxy.  There are many "details" to work
out between many organizations.  But we have consensus :-)
8. If you want support this is not the model that you should choose.  You
should contact Brian Cole at Red Hat.  The unclug, support and broader
internet community is the real support system for this type of model.
Bug/security updates and software access is what we are speaking of when
it comes to a proxy server.
9. I don't know all the answers but I am willing to find out.
10. If you have licenses already just account for them and make a note if
it is ES instead of AS or WS.
11. I still don't know all the answers.

have a good weekend.

On Fri, 20 Feb 2004, Scott Adams wrote:

|UNC General Administration has come up with a contract with Red Hat for
|licensing of RHL 3 AS and WS.  By Feb 25th we will need to submit a total
|count of licenses needed from UNC-CH to add to this list.  The price will
|be $6.50 for each "FTE" where FTE in this particular case stands for
|Departmentally owned machine.  Though probably not typical in definition,
|this is what was agreed.  With this pricing scheme and understanding of
|FTE's, this is a "doable" situation for UNC-CH.
|Please notice that the typical educational pricing is $25 for WS and $50
|for AS.  Please also note that this situation would allow our faculty, staff, and
|students access for PERSONALLY owned machines without charge to them.
|At present ATN is counting the number that they might need from
|their various machines.  Other departments and organizations though will
|need to be counted too.
|(For better or worse) I am going to try and get a "future and current
|need" count of RHL 3 WS and AS licenses.
|If you could respond to this email by Monday 12PM then I will submit the
|number to UNC software acquisitions / ATN or wherever it needs to
|specifically go.
|Please send me the following:
|Contact name:
|Advanced Server count (est.) for year:
|Work Station count (est.) for year:
|Do you currently own licenses?
|Current AS count:
|Current WS count:
|Scott Adams
|unclug mailing list
|unclug at lists.ibiblio.org

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