[ubuntu-uk] Windows Server Limitations v Linux?
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Tue Sep 23 20:00:59 BST 2008
Eddie Armstrong wrote:
> I saw this item and wondered if any of you gurus can quote figures
> showing how Linux compares to those given for Windows in this article
> (just curious).
> Intel's new six-core CPUs highlight Windows' limitations
One big limitiation is the amount of users you get out of the box.
For instance, with Ubuntu you could have as many users as the hardware
can physically support and you don't have to buy any additional licences
to use Samba whereas with a Windows Server you need a client access
licence for each device or user which connects to the server.
Fortanately (as far as I understand it after reading through pages of
Microsoft licencing documentation) you can mix and max the CAL's on the
server so if you have users that want to connect from home etc then
choose a user CAL, or if you have users that work shifts but a limited
amount of PCs (say 10 PCs and 20 users who work two shifts and don't
connect at the same time) then a device CAL would probably be the better
Looking at licencing costs for CAL's, I'd say Linux pays for itself in a
small business if the business can find someone to install and support
the system. I've been looking into Windows 2003 Small Business Server
CALs for a client of mine, I think they're looking at about another £700
for another 10 licences!!!
I'm going to suggest the possibility of migrating to a Linux server.
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