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© November 2007 Anthony Lawrence


Do you remember all that Microsoft FUD about the "true cost of Linux"? Using various dubious methods, Microsoft and its legions of well supported tech shills came up with all sorts of reasons why Linux only looked less expensive.. of course they were lying through their teeth, but never mind that - now we have Vista, and guess what? As reported at windowsvistablog.com, a Microsoft commissioned study says that Vista will create 100,000 new jobs and will generate $18.00 in IT "revenues" (their word, not mine) for every dollar Microsoft gets for selling it.

That's a nice spin, isn't it? From a corporate point of view, I bet it feels very good to know that your investment in Vista will do so much for our country. Forget that you'll be spending money with Microsoft Partners who are expected to generate over $70 billion dollars in 2007 "directly tied to Windows Vista". Yes, you may go broke, but think of all the good you did for the economy!

Hint: Linux servers and Mac Desktops are cheap, reliable and won't cause you to spend thousands on overpaid hacks. Think about it: Unix skills are directly transferable to both Linux and OS X. Vista is a whole new animal, so if you need to invest in training anyway, why not go the easy route?

Unix administrators do tend to get paid a bit more, but that's because you'll need fewer of them. Very often, one Unix guy can handle a network that would take three or four Windows admins.. because it's just so time consuming to do anything in Windows, and frankly, because Unixish boxes (Linux, BSD, Mac OS X) generally tend to have less problems anyway.

Well, no, you can't do that. You are stuck with Microsoft because your apps are all written for Windows and your people are used to Windows and it's just too hard to switch.. fine. Stay with Microsoft. Open your wallet and upgrade to Vista. Then, in a few years, when you finally realize that all the smart companies started dumping Microsoft while you were counting out hundreds, you can switch. We'll wait..

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Tue Nov 6 02:34:26 2007: 3230   anonymous

To bad for them.

I am hoping that Samba 4 will provide the leverage to help dislodge a lot of Microsoft customers. When that gets done then Samba will be able to more properly replace Active Directory. It'll have built-in LDAP, compatable schema, and support Microsoft's Kerberos extensions.

It'll also have better backward compatability then what you'd get with Microsoft's server (supporting protocols going back to DOS days), and it'll have very good support for supporting Linux (and by extension OS X).

For example when Samba detects a Linux client it'll forgo all the Microsoft compatability stuff and use a stripped down, and better performing, version of the CIFS protocol.

When the NAS makers begin integrating that stuff into their offerings you'll have some very good stuff.

With Intel's IOP/IXP platform (for low-end or the Pentium/Celeron-M for medium scale) and the large drives we have nowadays you'd be able to go out and buy plug-n-play box with XX amount of TB of network storage with full email, web-based CMS, active directory, and web-based GUI management for anything from $100 to $600 dollars (depending on features and support options).

Imagine running down to Office Depot and being able to buy a Network-Domain-In-a-Box for about the same price as their cheapest office chair. It'll be the size of a shoe box and you can fit it anywere with a gigabit ethernet connection. If they use a cross platform Office solution like OpenOffice.org then everything will support Windows as well as OS X or Linux. Users can log into one machine and go to another.

I'd bet a $100 domain controller is something that gives Microsoft a bad bad feeling.


BTW. I don't know if you noticed it yet, but Google announced their 'Gphone' platform. It's called OHA for Open Handset Alliance and it's going to concentrate on providing a unified open source software platform for PDAs, ultra mobile stuff, and Cell phones. Linux-based and all that happiness.

It currently has 34 members. In fact the OHA is so Industry-wide that it's almost only worth noting people that _don't_ belong: Nokia, Apple, Microsoft, and Palm.


Google says that they'll do the first code drop for 'Android OS' next week. Supposedly all open source. They're moving pretty fast.

Tue Nov 6 10:53:58 2007: 3231   TonyLawrence

I'd bet a $100 domain controller is something that gives Microsoft a bad bad feeling.

Awww... I just hate to think of the poor little things feeling all upset. It would be so sad - if they didn't so richly deserve it :-)

Tue Nov 6 16:08:05 2007: 3234   BigDumbDInosaur

Dunno about producing a 100 dollar PDC, but we here have been shipping AMD Opteron powered servers (no Intel hardware unless requested) that are 100 percent SCSI and loaded with 64 bit Linux and Samba (and all that other good OSS stuff) for about 40 percent less build cost than the Microsoft equivalent. Yes, Bubba, Windows 2003 server edition is *that* expensive when a lot of users are involved. Even after adding Backup Edge to the machine, the substantially reduced build cost of a server without the Microsoft tax has enabled us to give the client more computing power for less money (1 gig of ECC chipkill RAM and an Opteron with a 1 meg cache is standard). Can't beat that with a stick! As for Microsoft losing out on revenue, life is rough all over, eh? Perhaps all those displaced Microsoft workers can seek employment in India.


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