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Re: Master Disks?
I saw your question in the AM group, and thought an answer was in order.
Golden Masters, or Golden Disks, have two connotations in software
circles: one is the final frozen release of GA (General Availability)
software from which commercial disks are manufactured and then sent to
resellers; the second pertains to the arrangement a software developer
makes with a large corporate customer for unlimited usage for a set fee,
usually above and beyond the cheapest available legal price on the
market for a given product. M$ for example, does many Site or Golden
Master deals (althought they are proposing to renig on these
arrangements and charge a per-seat cost to larger users), usually with
Office or Project or other productivity apps. Norton, MacAfee, and
others in the anti-virus and utility markets make the majority of their
revenue on these arrangements with the likes of Boeing, Sears, and other
large IS organizations....
Hope that clarifies things a bit, and I'm sure their are others with
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