Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[5]: Alas...
by smashIt on Tue 27th Nov 2012 19:41 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Alas..."
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And Munich case is the great example of this, whoa:

your post proves you didn't read the paper

just a few things:
they state that munich is upgrading their hardware in a 5-year cycle, so they exclude hardware-cost from the linux side (but happily include it for windows).
they include 4.2 million € für 30k office-licenses (upgrade and full) and 2.65 million € for windows (again upgrade and full)
if you break that down to per-license (140€ for office, and 143€ for windows) you will notice that they used full retail prices and not the cost for a volume-license for this calculation
and they pay more for windows than for office ;)

Edited 2012-11-27 19:42 UTC

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RE[6]: Alas...
by zhuravlik on Wed 28th Nov 2012 02:57 in reply to "RE[5]: Alas..."
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My post proves that sometimes there is the real need to specify tag "irony" explicitly. What this article states is that choosing free software and re-training personnel is still cheaper than paying MS tax.

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