MS Software Assurance Versus Red Hat Network
Opinion: Who gets the better deal when it comes to added software goodness? It's not even a close contest, Linux & Open Source Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols says.Its rather interesting, really. I know many people who hate both Microsofts Software Assurance plan and Red Hats Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Network. Theyre similar plans. You pay your money and you get all of the goodness both companies can give you for their respective software for a year or three. But one, Software Assurance, has been something of a flop, while Red Hats new licensing plan has taken it from being merely the leading Linux company to being a leading ($3.2 billion market cap) IT company. Why? If you look at them closely, it looks like you get more out of Software Assurance (SA). I mean, with SA, I crib from Microsofts own site, you "acquire the latest software automatically, spread payments annually and extend the workplace to the home." And Red Hat, as we know, has abandoned the home market except for people who like the bleeding edge of Fedora technology.
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