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To: Donnie Berkholz <spyderous@g.o>
From: Chris Gianelloni <wolf31o2@g.o>
Subject: Re: Enterprise use
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 08:14:55 -0400
On Thu, 2004-06-03 at 19:29, Donnie Berkholz wrote:
> Here's a pretty typical case of what Gentoo may want to look into to
> increase its enterprise use, from the network admin at my old university.
> 
> Requirements summary:
> 1. Paid support
> 2. Online help with issues
> 3. Vendor partnership (e.g., Oracle)
> 
> I think we've got a good handle on #2 with our forums and mailing list
> archives, among other things. #1 and #3 could probably use some work. Of
> those, #3 would likely be easier and faster to get off the ground.

Actually, #1 would be much easier.  It will be very hard, or even
impossible, to get vendor partnerships so long as Gentoo is a constantly
moving target.  Until such time as we are able to have stabilized
"release" trees that are bug-fix ONLY, there won't be much of a chance
of this.  I know that this is something that is being worked on, but I
don't have a clue by who.

Could we possibly get the people whom are working on this project to
give us a SITREP (Situation Report) on how things are coming along?

Personally, I believe that both #1 and #3 are outside the scope of our
project and should be handled by the NFP.  It would be much simpler for
a company to engage into a binding contract with an actual recognized
corporate entity (though non-profit) than a loosely connected group of
volunteers.

What is going on with the NFP trustees?  How have things progressed? 
Have they?

>   We are using RHEL 3.0

So does the company that I work for.

>   We were looking for a product that offered paid support. This was a
>   mangement requirement. Personally, I like Red Hat because it is in such
>   widespread use that it is easy to find help online with issues that
>   arise. Red Hat's recent vendor pertnership programs, especially with
>   Oracle also make Red Hat very attractive.

We use it for nearly the same reasons.  We must have someone whom is
accountable, and if necessary, will fly out to our site to solve a
problem.  Yes, we pay Red Hat a good chunk of money for this, but we are
a fairly large telecommunications company, and it is a necessity.

>   I have very good things about Gentoo. Although, I have no experience
>   with it, I would certainly be willing to try. Right now I am using
>   Fedora at home, but wouldn't mind  something else.
>   --
>   Greg Miller, RHCE, CCNA, MCSE
>   Senior Network Specialist
>   University of Richmond

-- 
Chris Gianelloni
Release Engineering QA Manager/Games Developer
Gentoo Linux

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