No, M$, We Will not Pay You $6K to use Our Servers

SBS has been released with prices for the standard version including $72 CALs and a higher price and $96 CALs for the chocolate-icing version. We are not locked into M$ where I work so we can save a ton of money running Debian GNU/Linux on our ancient servers. Why would any organization pay a voluntary tax to M$ for the privilege of using the organization’s hardware? It beats me…

Combine this news with M$’s shrinking share of the desktop market and an anticipated decline in growth of IT spending on hardware and it seems to me M$ is in for hard times.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to No, M$, We Will not Pay You $6K to use Our Servers

  1. Adrian Malacoda says:

    The equipment can handle modern free software, though. So it’s still useful.

    I like how you point out that any negativity towards Microsoft (a monopoly convicted of using its power to kill competitors and disadvantage users, and which has a business model based on “intellectual property” aggression and mistreatment of its users) is blind while negativity towards Debian or FSF is rational.

    The $6k isn’t a literal value, it’s meant to represent any abnormally large sum. The point is that his hardware works with software that also works, so paying some large amount of money in order to buy into software whose survival depends on secrecy and “license enforcement.” is not a value proposition.

  2. oldman says:

    “It wouldn’t even be worth it if THEY paid HIM to use it.”

    If course not, the equipment that he has cant handle it modern microsoft software.

    However Pog is trying to make the case that microsoft that he would be “saving $6K” by using FOSS and Linux, when this is not the case.

    As far as your comment, that is a value judgment on your part that is presumably more rooted in blind anti microsoft bigotry than rational argument.

  3. Adrian Malacoda says:


    It’s not worth it, no matter how deep the discount. It wouldn’t be worth it at a 100% discount. It wouldn’t even be worth it if THEY paid HIM to use it.

  4. oldman says:


    Once again, you refuse to take into account the fact that as an educational institution, your institution would be entitled to deep discounts on microsoft products.

    This having been said, the collection of ancient garbage that the Canadian government has left you to deal with cant run anything but Linux and FOSS anyway, so your blog post is moot.

  5. Ray says:

    I checked, and it’s for businesses without IT guys.

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