David Lassner wrote:
> The move to a WinTel-only environment seems to be based on assumptions
> that WinTel machines have a lower TCO (not just lower initial purchase
> price) and/or that a WinTel-only environment is cheaper to support than
> a mixed WinTel-Mac environment.
Unfortunately many people making the Mac vs. Wintel decision focus
exclusively on the sticker price of each piece of hardware. Based on
that metric alone, Macs represent (and always have) a higher initial
purchase price than a Wintel box of similar CPU performance.
But I wonder if anyone who has decreed that "Wintel PCs are cheaper" has
also factored in the ongoing support costs associated with Microsoft OS
patches, anti-virus configuration and maintenance, and of course, the
infamous Licensing 6 extortion scheme. Did that initial 15% difference
in hardware acquisition costs REALLY save your institution any money in
the long run? Did it really reduce the complexity of your desktop
support or make your users more productive?
Director of Systems and Networking
Montclair State University
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