CERN Ditches Microsoft to ‘Take Back Control’ with Open Source Software

Found on omg! ubuntu! on Friday, 14 June 2019
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Microsoft recently revoked the organisations status as an academic institution, instead pricing access to its services on users. This bumps the cost of various software licenses 10x, which is just too much for CERN’s budget.

“MAlt’s objective is to put us back in control using open software. It is now time to present more widely this project and to explain how it will shape our computing environment,” CERN’s Emmanuel Ormancey explains in a blog post.

Microsoft licensing is an absolute nightmare and in some cases flat out ridiculous. Let's not forget the privacy nightmare either. The more moving away from that software, the better.