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InternetWeek: How One Microsoft User Made The Switch To Open Source

May 10, 2003, 02:30 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Since 1995, my friend Tristan Louis ran his Web site TNL.net on Microsoft Windows. He started his site on Windows NT using Microsoft IIS. In late 2000, he moved to Windows 2000 and continued to run on this until recently, when he switched to Linux. So why did he decide to change things? Here is his story:

"First were upgrade issues. With the introduction of Windows 2000, Microsoft started upping the price of Internet servers, requiring a separate set of licenses for the Internet services as an add-on to the operating system costs. As my site grew in popularity, I was going to need more horsepower than just using Microsoft Access, so I purchased a license to SQL Server. That was the first problem. I quickly learned that I had to start worrying about another set of patches on a weekly basis. As new security patches were released weekly for Windows 2000, IIS, and SQL server, I found myself spending more time doing basic administration of the box and less and less time doing development on it. "Then came licensing issues. Microsoft made changes to its licensing structure, drastically increasing prices and forcing me into yet another upgrade cycle, whether I liked it or not. Microsoft was essentially telling me that if I wanted to play long term, I would not only be forced to pay more but also be forced into buying software on a subscription basis. This would not do. I was already an eager Microsoft user and, having paid for all my licenses, had already laid out a substantial amount of cash into staying with Microsoft..."

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