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Why are donations used to buy 5 Windows licenses?

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unknownrankHydris
4 days ago
Why not use Linux for the servers?
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DErankHiEnergy
4 days ago
Perhaps M$ submitted an offer you can't decline... :P
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DErankkatastrophe
4 days ago
(edited 4 days ago)

why do you think your (actually useful) comment will change anything?
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DErankTopkack
4 days ago
Shouldn't you sleep DErankkatastrophe ?
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unknownrankHydris
4 days ago
quote:

Perhaps M$ submitted an offer you can't decline... :P


But they still need to ask for donations and buy a Windows license (x5).
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USrankOflameo
4 days ago
I just realized that my desktop is about as powerful as CZrankAdminLicho's server because I upgraded it so much for no reason for network simulations.

I shopped and found a sever on Ebay with about the same specs as CZrankAdminLicho's server. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-T310-Tower-Server-Quad-Core-X3440-32GB-RAM-4TB-Storage-PERC6i/132491938555?hash=item1ed9228afb

The HP Compaq 6200 Pro Microtower Business PC I bought at Goodwill for 30 USD is actually almost as good as the desktop I am running now that I built in 2013. It having a Intel Core i5-2400 compared to the Intel Core i5-3570 I am running off of right now.

I guess my point is, unless you are running super computer, on a actuated hardware deprecation cycle, or run Windows, buying a new PC just to upgrade is for suckers except you are underspeced.
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PLrankAdminSprung
4 days ago
As far as I am aware, server uses Windows mostly because that's what Licho is familiar with.
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DErankAdminmojjj
4 days ago
yes. bill gates fanboy.
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CArankMbappey
3 days ago
A lot of the infrastructure code uses Windows technologies and frameworks, thus its run on a windows server. Like someone else mentioned, much of it boils down to familiarity, though there are probably exponents of both Apache and Windows that would happily state their cause all night long.
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AUrankAdminGoogleFrog
2 days ago
Windows vs. Linux is part of a more general set of decisions about the tradeoff between money and time. How much time would someone need to dedicate to run and maintain a Linux server for 'free'? What else could the contributor spend their time on? Would anyone want to do such a task in the first place? Would the uptime be as good?

Professional server hosting is a highly efficient use of money as it effectively buys a lot of equivalent contributor time for a relatively low cost. Think about what else we could buy. Art assets are expensive and hiring workers is even more expensive.
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JPrankgajop
41 hours ago
It's mostly about Licho's familiarity (which is a decent reason of course, as he's the main infra dev). Windows is of course not generally superior to Linux for server hosting.
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LVrankSenaven
4 hours ago
How much unknownrankHydris donated to ZK and how much Linux servers he maintain as game infra dev?
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PLrankCatLady
2 hours ago
While the ^ above post is example of absolutely unnecessary "red herring" style argument, it all boils down to "is there anyone wanting to volunteer doing same on Linux servers", who is also able to prove having necessary skill set and at least basic trustworthiness? I guess that current answer is "no".

On the purely meritocratic terms, self-maintaining servers on Linux would provide - in "gains" department - more flexibility and less risk of incompatibility with future version of whatever micro$oft throws at it users (and future cost of upgrading "depreciated" software).
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