"A British tech consultant has launched an unusual project that
puts tech buyers in position to do something largely unheard of in
tech circles: wrangle price cuts from Microsoft.
"The Incubator Club guarantees anonymity for tech buyers wanting
to evaluate Linux. Founder Eddie Bleasdale of consultancy
Netproject got the idea after helping the London borough of Newham
test Linux desktop programs last fall.
"Not long after the testing got underway, Microsoft offered
Newham a 30% discount on Windows and Office upgrades for 5,000 PCs,
Bleasdale says. Borough officials promptly ditched Linux and
snapped up Microsoft's discount..."
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