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One thing--to get the RH characteristics, you don't
have to buy the CD; you just need to know how to ftp
or NFS or some other method.

That said, average computer owner would probably like
having the CD in hand rather than carting said computer
over to the office after hours. Or even having to think of doing such a thing. The CD is convenience.
That is the real feature RH is selling, IMO.

However, once you know what you're doing you can upgrade remotely, say via ftp or NFS. So as people
get smarter about this (although who knows if they
want to spend the time, nobody really cares how Windows
works when it is working) RH may not get as much upgrade business as a shareholder might hope for.

On the other hand, Linux is as platform-independent as
you can get in an OS, I have it running on a godawful
Alpha-on-a-PC-style-motherboard, it runs on Macs,
so the platform-independence may alleviate
this education factor.
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