Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Free Speech not Free Beer (was Re: Win What?)

Author:Tim Moore
Posted:6/29/1999; 8:39:28 AM
Topic:Win What?
Msg #:7910 (In response to 7871)
Prev/Next:7909 / 7911

I have more than once been in the position of having to disabuse people (linux advocates and management alike) of the notion that deploying Linux in large-scale situations would cost much less than deploying, say, Solaris or NT, simply because you can buy a single copy and install 500 machines sans licensing fees.

Now hold on there. Why isn't it cheaper? Even if you think that the cost of hiring UNIX experts is greater than the cost of NT licenses + NT experts (which IMO is debatable), it's certainly cheaper to put Linux on 500 boxes than, say, Solaris or another UNIX.

If you disagree, please explain.

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