Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
For those who still believe that running Windows instead of Linux is cheaper or more cost effective let me give you a real world scenario I discovered today.
We have an application that runs on Windows and needs a new staging environment. I set out to order two simple HP servers. Once again I was dumbfounded by the additional costs associated with simply trying to run a server. So, after chastising one of my team over the fact that we use anything from Microsoft I did a simple cost analysis and came up with hard evidence of the Windows Idiot Tax, the extra costs imposed by using Microsoft products on a server.