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?