Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Nov 2006 19:59 UTC, submitted by Coxy
GNU, GPL, Open Source The theory behind open-source software is that it avoids many of the pitfalls - including cost - of closed alternatives. But Steven Buckley, who runs Christian Aid's common knowledge programme, prefers to buy software from the likes of Microsoft. Is this not odd for a charity? "Open-source doesn't mean free," he told BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme. "Quite often, if you install open-source software within an organisation, you have a support contract that goes with it - it's an essential part of operating that software. Over time, that can actually cost more than having Windows on an enterprise machine."
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RE[2]: Right...
by beowuff on Wed 8th Nov 2006 23:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Right..."
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So, by your logic...

$1250 (minimum support from MS) + (3,000 (desktops) * $100 (I'm guessing in MS's favor for a discount for bulk purchase of XP Pro)) + (200 (servers) * $200 (I don't know what this number should be, but I figure for client access licenses plus discount it'd be at least this number. Probably much higher.)) = $401250.

vs

1 Redhat Enterprise linux destop extension pack (as many installs as you want) = $3500.
1 Redhat AS Server (as many installs as you want) + Premium support. = $2500 / year.
If you had to upgrade Redhat desktop every year, your looking at something like $6,000 / year. So, it'd take what... 66 years of RedHat support and systems to equal ONE year of MS support and systems?

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