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The Windows Idiot Tax

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For those who still believe that running Windows instead of Linux is cheaper or more cost effective let me give you a real world scenario I discovered today.

We have an application that runs on Windows and needs a new staging environment. I set out to order two simple HP servers. Once again I was dumbfounded by the additional costs associated with simply trying to run a server. So, after chastising one of my team over the fact that we use anything from Microsoft I did a simple cost analysis and came up with hard evidence of the Windows Idiot Tax, the extra costs imposed by using Microsoft products on a server.

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