When "free" operating systems cost more than MS Windows

I’ve been testing a mail filtering system to sit in front of our Exchange servers, this runs on FreeBSD and costs the princely sum of 0p for the software. Someone then decides that they don’t like FreeBSD because of the name and so we have to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux at a cost of approx £670, which is about 3 times more than we pay for Windows 2003 Server.

There is also the minor issue that no-one here can support Linux sufficiently well that I’d be happy running it on a production server, where as I have five years experience with FreeBSD. So the project is being delayed by 6 months while I get comfortable with Linux, and will cost far far more than something I could implement and support today.

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3 Responses to When "free" operating systems cost more than MS Windows

  1. Chris says:

    So let me get this correct: they made you switch from FreeBSD to Linux even though there are no Linux people on staff and you have 5 years of FreeBSD experience?

    Get out now. What are they smoking? Are they aware of the whole SCO business going on right now? (Not that I think it’s valid, but it could make the suits nervous).

  2. matt says:

    bunch of arse

    if they re-named it megaBSD bet they would like it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    or BSD-XXXXtreme