Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:43 UTC
Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE: Until they need support
by kaiwai on Sun 11th Jul 2010 21:20 UTC in reply to "Until they need support"
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What they're going to save on installing a free OS, is what they're going to spend on an army of uber-geeks to support the desktops once a problem arises. I don't mean to sound like I'm against Linux as a Desktop OS, but many enterprise customers want to pay for support contracts, and the thought of free equates to "cheap quality" and "you're on your own" when it comes to support.

Yes, flamebait I know, and I'm sorry for that.

You do realise that there are these amazing organisations like Red Hat and Novell who offer enterprise support and consultation? yes, amazing and these upstarts have been around for quite some time!

Excuse my sarcasm but nothing irritates the crap out of me more than people who make the logic fail that you did - and the price for large enterprise customers is very low when compared to what Microsoft provides. Cost isn't the only consideration though, the lack of vendor lock in also adds savings that cannot be calculated via the usual accounting methods - as the old adage goes, accountants can tell you the cost of something but not the value.

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