supports costs

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Mon Mar 31 08:25:43 PST 2003

Moritz Fromwald wrote:
> Does anyone know good information resources on long-
> term support costs for freebsd or a comparison with 
> coresponding M$ Products?

Sure.  Check out,, or anything else that lets you 
compare the annual salary for FreeBSD admins versus M$ admins.  Then add 
the license costs of the M$ products in question, adjust by a fudge 
factor representing the difference in relative productivity, management 
whims, and all of the other unmeasureable factors unique to your situation.

If you tell us what you're doing, how many users, and so forth, a bunch 
of people here can probably reel off rough estimates that will be in the 
  right ballpark, anyway.


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