RedHat Going Strong

By Phantasm66 ยท 4 replies
Jun 18, 2004
  1. Red Hat has posted $10.7M profit amid a 53% increase in sales.

    "Red Hat continues to enjoy its reign in the corporate GNU/Linux world and has posted more than $10 million in profit report. With 98,000 enterprise subscriptions signed last quarter, the company's CEO couldn't be more happy with where the business is heading. Although Red Hat has decided to end the product line for home users, they didn't entirely abandon the community and have set up the Fedora Project to carry out the task of providing a free GNU/Linux distribution."

    A strong Linux distro with an even stronger corporation behind it, I am sure that Red Hat will continue to take Linux boldly into the future.

    More here.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It is still quite expensive to become RedHat certified.:(

    Maybe if it were easier (read cheaper) to get certified, more administrators would push for a RedHat installation where they work.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    Its not really up to sysadmins in any mid-to-large-range company. That comes down to a financial decision made by buisness. Basically, when it becomes cheaper (and viable) to migrate from Solaris or whatever they move to Red Hat, or SUSE.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Yes I understand that but if you have a team of Redhat certified Admins, you don't install SuSE & surelly at one point or another, they ask the Admins for their view on the matter.
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +8

    Well of course admins are consulted about this sort of thing, but really the decision to ditch solaris and go with Red Hat rests on notions such as :

    1) open source

    2) code reuse

    3) cheapness

    If your sysadmins don't have the required knowledge to fit in with your business plans you re-train them. And if they can't be re-trained, you replace them. Companies like I work for make decisions based on profit first and foremost, always. They don't strive for perfection, they strive for adequancy at a cheap price. If someone else can undercut what they are already paying, they investigate and if its viable they go with that. Further, the decision to migrate from Solaris to Red Hat may well be company wide and not something that a sysadmin would have much final say in. Sysadmins are there to do what you tell them to do and support the technology. In private corporations, people in suits make these kinds of decisions and Sysadmin just have to live with the fallout.
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