In 2003, Red Hat drastically changed their product line, including a substantial jump in price. Needless to say, this created a firestorm of anger, frustration, confusion and cries of "sellouts" from the Linux and Open Source communities. While many were busy going around in circles re-hashing the situation, piling derision on Red Hat and comparing them to certain other commercial software companies, one e-mail appeared amid the chaos that really crystallized things for me.
Now, in fact, building the packages from the maintainer's source will result in real problems when you try to update an installed RPM. And you probably can't just remove the RPM if the package has any significant dependencies...
So you really come down to:
Extremely well and wryly put, IMO. I'd had all the feelings of other longtime Red Hat users: anger, frustration, confusion and of course the "what do I do now?" question. I expressed some publicly, but what I really needed (like everyone else) was a workable solution. Here was an e-mail that not only reminded me *why* I'd chosen Red Hat in the first place, but offered some solutions, all without re-hashing the decision already made by Red Hat. Time to move forward.
How did we move forward? Well, it's still somewhat of a work in progress and you can return to where you were for more of the story. If you have no idea how you reached this page, you might want to read the whole story.