Anyone who thinks there is a free market in software needs to wake up!
In the EU a census was taken of tendering documents.
“all the 972 tender notices published on TED from April 1st to June 30th 2014 were scanned for trademarks. In 228 tender notices of those, obvious reference to trademarks was included. In other words, more than 23% of the total screened notices include technical specifications which make reference to trademarks”
M$, alone, got 89 of those 228 tenders. If your IT-system can’t function without M$, what are you doing wrong?
- paying too much for software
- building in future costs to migrate to M$’s next offering
- building in future costs to exit from M$’s enslavement
- reducing efficiency by being forced to do things in excessively complicated ways so that M$ can lock you in further reducing your efficiency by being forced…
- oh, yeah, re-re-rebooting your IT-system, fighting malware, slowing down, …
There’s a reason for that lock-in. For decades, M$ was allowed to use strong anti-competitive practices all over the world. It takes a lot of time money and effort to undo that. e.g. Munich took 10 years to throw open the doors to the jail in which it found itself after decades of using M$’s products while folks like Largo, FL, who never took the bait are laughing all the way to the bank, year after year. Smaller organizations like the ones for which I worked could free themselves in weeks but it requires good knowledge of GNU/Linux which is often lacking. That too can be overcome. When the dust settles, folks who switch are better off and have lower costs of IT forever. It pays to switch.