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RE: [K12OSN] cost savings of Linux relative to M$ School LicenseAgreement


Microsoft volume licenses are only for computers that already have Windows
installed - i.e. - a valid copy of Windows.

So, in order to have a computer that participates in these volume
licensing programs, they must already have a legal copy of Windows on
them.  You can add that price onto the price of each new PC.

Second, it means you CANNOT take donation machines without fully verifying
that the licensing is done properly.  You have to get ALL of the
Licenses/Seals for any donated computer, or it doesn't take part of your
volume licensing.

They may have changed this, but read the license REALLY carefully.  If
they don't give you the full text of the license, don't even consider
doing anything with them.


On 9 Jul 2003, Brian Fahrlander wrote:

> On Wed, 2003-07-09 at 13:53, Paul Davison wrote:
> > I am not Terribly familiar with the Microsoft education licensing scheme.
> > However there are a couple of Software areas which need to be addressed for
> > Microsoft clients/servers.  The first is virus protection, at the client end
> > and probably on the exchange server as well if possible. The second is
> > firewall/proxy software for the gateway machine.
> >
> > You might need to review the CAL requirements as well.
> >
> > Additional value added issues:
> > - The time used in managing these assets. (apt-get VS criticalupdate -
> > service pack - reboot)
> > - The added advantage to students, parents and teachers that the linux based
> > software is largely under the GPL license and can there fore be affordably
> > and legally used in the home environment at a dramatic cost savings.
> > - Resource availability - Although Windows 2000 server is much more stable
> > than NT 4.0, Linux still beats it hands down for uptime and availability in
> > my experience.
> > - Resource usage - in general, you can run more daemon type services on a
> > single linux server than on a comparable windows server.  Running
> > Sendmail/Imap, PostgreSQL, etc on one linux server will be fairly happy,
> > running Exchange server and MS SQL server on the same machine will use a lot
> > of horsepower.
> >
> > I know that non of the above are easy to calculate in terms of dollars and
> > cents, but they do add value to the Linux side of the equation.
> >
> > my $0.02
>     Make it $.04:
>     Even if Microsoft PAID you to install the first round of OS, main
> apps, etc., there's one thing to remember this:  Once you sign on with
> them, you'll be buying their apps, full price.  Worse yet, you crank out
> new students that think the Microsoft is the only thing out there. And
> that means they'll have a PC at work, and a PC at home, and thanks to
> XP, both will be legal copies, or they'll become useless machines.
>     And I'll admit it; I want Linux in the schools NOT just because it
> provides more power for less money and higher reliability and freedom
> from the shackles of mega-corporate America, but because it allows
> students to see there's another, simpler, more-right way to compute.
>     In my eyes, if you sleep with the dog, you'll get fleas. Just like
> when Shell Oil 'owned' America and was about to be broken up on monopoly
> charges, Microsoft sits there awaiting their fate, bathing in their
> money. I hope I live long enough to see them relegated to becoming a
> unit of the Apple company, not the other way around.
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