Re: [LUG] Red Hat Updates
On Tue, 20 Mar 2001, Alex Charrett wrote:
> I just noticed a story on slashdot about redhat charging for the use of an
> automatic update tool for their dist.
> There seems to be (as expected I suppose) a big furore on slashdot about it,
> but I'm not sure I understand why. Red Hat is after all a company and has
> to make money some way.
yeah - it seems prefectly fine to me and is well within the remits of even
the most estreme GNU ideals. You pay for a service that you could
otherwise do yourself. Also it means they can make money which they can
spend employing people like alan cox to do cool stuff.
> After all that, its not that difficult to knock up a bit of perl that will
> auto update your red hat system for you. I already have one that
> periodically logs on to mirror.ac.uk and checks for new rpms.
yup. Not hard at all, especially when you can use helixgnome and the like
to manage all your apps for you.
..except some of us use suse and update with tar.gz just to be awkward
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