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Re:Man-hours is where the cost is.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 08, 2004 10:44 PM
I can't remember taking more than 6 or 8 hours to set up either postgres or mysql -- even when I didn't know what a database was.

The last time I did it -- on RedHat 9 I installed webmin, and set up the database all in under an hour. That still leaves most of the posters 'couple of days' to spend on other things.

Now lets look at something else. To pay for the $1500 in a couple of days would imply that the cost was going to run $93.75/hour. The big companies may be willing to pay that much for contract labor to some of the big contract houses, but where I live (a small town in Texas, USA) $50/hour would be considered kind of high. at $50/hour that $1500 would buy 30 hours, or just short of 4 days of setup time. The reality in this area is closer to $30/hour which changes the picture to more like 50 hours or 6 days and a couple of hours.

So, lets say that I'm going to help a customer switch their database to an open source database.
1) we will probably need another machine $600
2) we will need to install linux (2 hours) $60
3) we will need to install webmin(1/2 hour) $15
4) we will need to set up the database and users(1 hour) $30) -- the time here depends on the complexity of the database, tables and user list.

So the cost for a Linux based solution would be $705 in this case. What would it be for windows? would they need the aditional machine anyway? if they need the aditional machine, then the install time will be there. and your not going to get out of the database, table and user setup.

I don't understand how windows is less expensive than linux, unless you insist on paying Red Hat for tech support that you never use, and compare that with Microsoft's purchase price. If your not going to use Red Hat's tech support then why not go with White Box Enterprise Linux or Lineox Enterprise linux( which both provide what is essentially RHEL 3.0 with patches for a free download(legally).


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