You may have seen a thread I wrote recently about getting a letter from the BSA (Business Software Alliance) which is a license watchdog group that represents big companies like Microsoft and Symantec.
It turns out we are compliant but the attorney’s tell me that it is wise to let the BSA do a full audit anyway like they want so we don’t face a lawsuit. Pissed me off since I’ll waste lots of valuable time catering to the BSA to prove our innocence but it got me thinking. If this is how MS wants to deal with licensing issues then maybe I’m better off without them.
If I wanted to replace Windows XP with another product that will work with Server 2003 what are my options? I know Linux has several flavors that are aimed at replacing Windows on the desktop but do they work with a Windows network? How painful would the transition from MS to Linux desktops likely be? Has anyone else tried this in the past? It would be great to break away the chains that link us to Microsoft’s lincensing Nazis.