Feeds

O'Reilly, VA Linux, SGI to drive Debian retail push

Debian gets Red Hat, Caldera treatment

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

VA Linux Systems, SGI and IT-oriented book publisher O'Reilly Associates have come together to push Debian's eponymous Linux distribution through retail channels. For Debian, the move will provide the organisation access with the same kind of mainstream exposure Red Hat and Caldera are already getting for their own Linux distributions. The involvement of O'Reilly is key here. As a book publisher it has extensive experience of the distributing product through retail, both through bookshops and computer stores. VA, meanwhile, will provide technical support to Debian's retail customers. Quite what SGI's input is remains unclear -- we expect it to be primarily financial. Of course, Debian is in a sense already on course for the retail world, thanks to Corel's decision to base its own mainstream-oriented Linux distribution on Debian's own. Still, there's value in the 'more the merrier' approach, and widening the variety of distributions available to a broader public than the online channel currently provides is good for Linux advocates' attempts to promote the open source OS as something other than just a geek toy. Still, the real winners here will be the likes of O'Reilly, VA and other companies seeking to exploit the commercial periphery of this broadly non-commercial OS. O'Reilly has a fine line of Linux titles, and the opportunities for book/software cross-promotion are considerable. VA, meanwhile, can offer extended support and service products to all those new users intrigued by an operating system that costs just $19.95. ® Related Story VA Linux files IPO

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer quits Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.