Be careful with infomagic. I bought the August 97 release and sent in a
question that was supposed to be part of the "support" package I paid for
and it took over 2 months for them to get back to me. More recently I sent
in a question about 4 weeks ago and am still counting. I don't think its
worth the money. Get it from cheapbytes.
>> I am a bit confused about the different Linux packages out there. I
>> noticed that Redhat and slackware are priced around $40-$50.
>> Infomagic is cheaper and has both these distribution on their CD set.
>> What are the pro's and cons of buying a particular distribution vs a
>> collection of distributions like infomagic? Does f.e. redhat include
>> a lot of extra applications that are missing in the infomagic
>> distribution. How about the now separate archive cd-set infomagic
>> TIA for any clarification,
>These companies spend lot's of money putting together a nice
>install program and working out a lot of the bugs and bumps
>a user might encounter when installing an OS on a machine.
>They give away the fruit's of their labor on FTP sites both
>out of good-will (in some cases) and because they are required
>to by the GPL (in other cases).
>If you want to save money and get a CD based install for Linux
>you can buy a copy of the RedHat CD from cheapbytes for $1.99.
>If on the other hand (like myself) you want to support the
>efforts of RedHat which is a great beneficial company for
>the Linux community. Then buy their boxed set.
>The boxed set actually has less on CD's than a 6 CD set from
>InfoMagic. However it comes with a simple Paper bound
>book that will answer LOTS of questions about installation.
>All of that paper bound book can be found online of course,
>but once again you have the choice of "donating" money to
>Linux Programmers at RedHat. For example several of the Key
>Linux Kernel Hackers and Driver authors are partially supported
>by money from RedHat. They don't have to go to an office or
>answer to a boss. They get paid just to keep doin' what they