Re: Eggs, Sausage, and Spam

Robert S. Thau (
Mon, 27 Dec 1999 14:08:30 -0500 (EST)

Dave Long writes:
> > > STOP the madness! What possible value would Red Hat have ...
> > I guess it depends what you mean by value-added. ...
> I hate to admit it, but Red Hat's value to me consisted largely of
> having a shrink-wrap box convenient for the impulse buy at a
> bricks-and-mortar store.

My first Red Hat install was off Daniel Veillard's hard disk. I got
excellent value out of the code they wrote to allow that (their
installed and the packaging system on which it is based) --- as did
you, even if you got it off CD-ROM. (A bunch of gzipped tar files on
CD-ROM in a box on the brick-and-mortar shelf would have made for a
much more involved installation procedure).

I'm also getting some minor value these days out of the effort that
they've put into GNOME; I say minor because I'm really a command-line
kinda guy anyway, but to other folks, that's actually a pretty big