Maths Lesson For Estonia

M$ has been giving Estonian governments a discount. This was to expire this year but a new deal was reached wherein the rates would rise gradually instead of in a single savage jump… Do the maths, Estonia. If the rate slides up linearly until 2017, you will pay half what it would have cost going “cold turkey”… You are the frog in the pot, not noticing that you are being cooked slowly.

“Tallinn, which has 6,500 school computers under its administration, only pays 15,600 euros annually for the license to use Windows operating systems and Office. Had the agreement not been reached, that figure would have risen to 364,000 euros.
A conversion to free software such as Linux was an alternative, but Estonia does not have enough Linux server administrators.”

Meanwhile, Estonia could have eliminated any shortage of GNU/Linux experts with courses for IT guys or volunteers, even students while paying $0 for licences. Would not Estonia be better off paying Estonians to fix Estonia’s IT instead of being addicted to M$’s crapware forever?

See Ministry Extends Microsoft Deal to 2017, Staving Off Major Price Hike.

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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7 Responses to Maths Lesson For Estonia

  1. ram says:

    A continuing weakness in Linux marketing is there is nobody to pay bribes to the government officials making the IT decisions.

  2. dougman says:

    Well most Win-Dohs admins are, how can I say this nicely, babied. They are use to a point-click GUI and not a CLI.

  3. oiaohm says:

    T.R. Its not being dumb. Unix admins not wanting to retrain to use Linux happened early on as well.

    As I said they will be surprised how many they will get when it becomes a job requirement for promotion and not having it might in time become possible firing.

    Lot of the Windows Admins will be re-trainable they just need the motivation.

    French Police when they started the migration to Linux they had no Linux Admins either. They did not employ any more IT staff. In fact they sacked a few. All the ones Windows only. Linux networks in a lot of ways require less maintenance staff.

    Yes place the french police report in front of you staff and watch how fast they get Linux trained. Its all about motivation.

  4. T.R. wrote, “there’s a glimmer of hope”.

    Amen! Where there’s life there’s hope. Let’s hope it’s not some token effort by some fan of that other OS…

    Thanks for this comment that accidentally went to “spam”. Spam-filters are imperfect.

  5. T.R. says:

    So can we surmise that Estonia’s Windows Server administrators are too dumb to be retrained? How do these people administrate Windows then? By wild-guess-clicking? Or do they simply pray that nothing happens? Anyway, there’s a glimmer of hope:

    http://news.err.ee/v/education/679bc3f6-675c-4ed8-9b4c-2eb249f1ac3c

    Too bad they’re only getting into gear now.

  6. oiaohm says:

    Not enough Linux Admins are they kidding me.

    Australian Government had that issue in places. Red-hat and others do provide formal training. It is surprising how fast you can get some when you state next year employment depends on it.

  7. dougman says:

    So they negotiated and received licensing for only 5% of normal rate. Somewhere, somehow I do not see that lasting, as the new CEO could make all past agreements null and void.

    M$ has done this before, of course. The changed the EULA so as to void out ‘class action suits’.

    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_updating_user_agreements_block_class-action_claims

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