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    CERN to move away from Microsoft because license fees have Skyrocketed
    Windows may still be the operating system on desktops and laptops, by choice or not, but Microsoft’s biggest profit comes from the wholesale licensing of the OS on enterprise, government, and educational computers. Those, however, are slowly losing ground especially with the latter two categories. That has mostly been because of the increasing costs of Windows licenses.
     
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    The issue that the MAlt project was set up to address isn't limited to Microsoft: they are far from the only commercial vendor whose business model is based on lock-in followed by rent collecting, and whose pricing strategies become increasingly unattractive over time. The idea is also to allow greater flexibility as well as avoid those pitfalls.

    Some of the elements of the strategy pre-date this project, e.g. CERN has been running its own cloud for some years now, for reasons of control of data as well as avoidance of commercial lock-in, and we've been using an open-source alternative to Slack or Skype for a while too. And some of the usage surveys a couple of years back were clearly a precursor to this as well. In any case CERN has always had a pretty heterogenous computing environment, with most "users" (general term for physicsts) working on a BYOD basis with a variety of operating systems (Windows being a poor third place), and has always had a large FOSS community. So while there have been shifts over the last couple of decades toward commercial solutions to "enterprise" applications such as the mail service or document server, a move away from that will feel pretty natural to most of us.

    And none of this will really affect the scientific computing: that has been entirely linux-based since the 1990s, and before that it was Unix workstations, mainframes, or for masochists there was a Cray ;).
     
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    That's some good, detailed information on this subject.. Thank You for the insight, @Hadron . I'm also glad to know that M$ isn't gonna drastically affect anything you guys do. I hope M$ either straightens things out appropriately, in the right way for the right reasons. Madd props to you guys in there at the collider for doing what you do.
     
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