Yes, I'd like to pay more
Do you remember all that Microsoft FUD about the "true cost of Linux"? Using various dubious methods, Microsoft and its legions of well supported tech shills came up with all sorts of reasons why Linux only looked less expensive.. of course they were lying through their teeth, but never mind that - now we have Vista, and guess what? As reported at windowsvistablog.com, a Microsoft commissioned study says that Vista will create 100,000 new jobs and will generate $18.00 in IT "revenues" (their word, not mine) for every dollar Microsoft gets for selling it.
That's a nice spin, isn't it? From a corporate point of view, I bet it feels very good to know that your investment in Vista will do so much for our country. Forget that you'll be spending money with Microsoft Partners who are expected to generate over $70 billion dollars in 2007 "directly tied to Windows Vista". Yes, you may go broke, but think of all the good you did for the economy!
Hint: Linux servers and Mac Desktops are cheap, reliable and won't cause you to spend thousands on overpaid hacks. Think about it: Unix skills are directly transferable to both Linux and OS X. Vista is a whole new animal, so if you need to invest in training anyway, why not go the easy route?
Unix administrators do tend to get paid a bit more, but that's because you'll need fewer of them. Very often, one Unix guy can handle a network that would take three or four Windows admins.. because it's just so time consuming to do anything in Windows, and frankly, because Unixish boxes (Linux, BSD, Mac OS X) generally tend to have less problems anyway.
Well, no, you can't do that. You are stuck with Microsoft because your apps are all written for Windows and your people are used to Windows and it's just too hard to switch.. fine. Stay with Microsoft. Open your wallet and upgrade to Vista. Then, in a few years, when you finally realize that all the smart companies started dumping Microsoft while you were counting out hundreds, you can switch. We'll wait..
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