Saving money by using GNU/Linux for IT is a no-brainer.“Technology and content expense was $54 million and $71 million for the three months ended September 30, 2001 and 2000, respectively, representing 8% and 11% of net sales for the corresponding periods, respectively, and $189 million and $200 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2001 and 2000, respectively, representing 9% and 11% of net sales for the corresponding periods, respectively. The decline in absolute dollars spent during the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2001 in comparison to the corresponding periods in the prior year primarily reflect our migration to a Linux-based technology platform that utilizes a less-costly technology infrastructure, as well as general price reductions for data and telecommunication services due to market overcapacity.” If you pay M$ and “partners” for permission to use the hardware you own, you’re paying too much. Just ask Amazon. They saved $millions in the first year of their switch to GNU/Linux.
I don’t save anywhere near that much but it’s significant: $0 for permission to run my hardware, $0 for re-re-reboots every time M$ fixes something in its inventory of mistakes, $0 for malware, $0 for slowing down, and Debian’s APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) does most of the work of updating my software, OS and applications, with just a few clicks. I’m the MayTag Repairman of IT, thanks to GNU/Linux. It just keeps working and working and I get to blog, garden, cook, weld, hunt, shoot, fish, … you know, do the good things in life.
Since Amazon revitalized itself, in part by dropping that other OS, it’s gone on to be one of the most successful retail, virtualization and cloud infrastructure businesses around, all thanks to GNU/Linux. What really interests me in this is that it’s equally obvious that one can save a bundle by using GNU/Linux on client machines too. IT is IT whether it’s on server or desktop or both. Then there’s mobile and Internet of Things stuff. People save a bundle using GNU/Linux everywhere. You should too. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because of APT and their huge repository of great software. The world can and does make its own software and shares it with you. There’s no need to include monopolies which overcharge you for everything.