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Re: Planning for software upgrade

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On Fri, 30 Mar 2007 mclwong@ogcio.gov.hk wrote:

We are a department, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
(OGCIO) of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG). We
are reviewing our inventory and see if we can upgrade or dump the software
as below.

Debian GNU Linux 2.1

I'm not sure whether this is a typo and you were asking about the current
stable release Debian 3.1 "Sarge" that was released at 06. Jun 2005 and
recently updated to "R5".  We expect the new release Debian 4.0 "Etch"
in April.

Grateful if you could advise:

Is it possible to acquire upgrade package for the software and how much?

I don't know what you mean with "how much".  Debian explicitely cares
for flawless upgrades between one and the following release.  So if
you are running rally version 2.1 it might be advisable to follow the
upgrade path to version 3.0 and 3.1 before installing the new version.
All versions are Free Software and thus you can download Debian completely
for no fee.

Can we transfer the software to other department of HKSARG?

Sure - it is Free Software.

Can we put the software into public auctions?

Well, if you try to sell Debian you are free to do so as well, but
I'm afraid you will have problems to make a fortune out of it because
if people can get it for free you have to provide some additional
value (like extra service for instance) to gain some money from it.

Kind regards



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