|Comments on Thursday 30 October 2003:|
|It's time for yet another Why RedHat Sucks lecture! Just a short one this time. In order to use the "up2date" utility to patch software, you have to register an account with RedHat Networks, or something like that. I did so; you get a one week trial period of full functionality, then something happens unless you pay them.|
I registered an account a week ago. I just got this in my email:
We are writing to inform you that the first 7 days of your demo service account have expired, and that your account is now a standard demo account. If you are unfamiliar with the functionality of a demo account, please visit the following URL:So, wondering exactly how one could do partial functionality of such a system, I visited that URL. It redirected to another URL. The page looked pretty useless and unrelated. I searched it for the word 'demo', since I was, after all, trying to find out, at their direction, about the functionality of a 'demo account'. The word 'demo' did not appear anywhere on the page.
Good work, RedHat. Thanks very much. Now I'm familiar with the functionality of a demo account, thanks to the URL.
Perhaps they were using the email something like this: if you, my reader, are unfamiliar with the word 'ass-hat', please visit the following URL: http://completely.unrelated.url/nothing/to/do/with/ass-hat/ [11:07]