Okay, mayhaps I tldr, soz
Why not use those contracts, since I've still got your attention?
You DO know that the big vendors have options that let you keep the drive instead of requiring you to return it?
If people are just using it for LDAP, then they're doing it wrong
Why not just use OpenLDAP or whatever in that case? The whole benefit of AD comes from putting everything in it. There's no masters or slaves, just two way replication partners.
I understand the complaint about Exchange, but it is a HUGE system that can do a lot more than just MTA as you say.
I don't see how it can be called bloated, beyond the usual "ZOMG WINDOWS USES XXXXMB OF RAM LOLZZ" stuff.
AD isn't just LDAP, it's a central store for everything management. Yes it holds your authentication details, but it also holds settings for (assuming you use the MS products) DHCP, DNS, Mail, etc. Want a new DC to avoid SPOF? Install Windows, install the role, promote. All the settings are copied down automatically and you're redundant. You've also got the concept of sites, which certain domain controllers handle, so workstations know where to find their local DC. Also, subdomains, so you can hand off sections of the environment to other people - think company divisions (dev.corp.net) or even countries (us.corp.net). It's all GUI and PowerShell controllable these days too.
As for replication failures, yes they happen, as it will with anything that depends on replication. Disagree with them being common though - I've seen one in just over 15 years. We deleted the VM, made a new one on a new name, ran a clean up tool and carried on.
We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch.
This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost.
I quite liked how they handled it in recent film "The Machine" ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt23... ). Questions like "Which smells better, a hospital corridor or a donkeys ass?" and "Mary saw a puppy in the window and she wanted it. What did Mary want?"
It's an ultrabook - answer: no.
Found that quote, but also found this from the Q&A bit afterwards:
"We haven't decided yet."
by Peter Bright 19:23
"What will happen after the first year of free updates for W7/W8?"
by Peter Bright 19:22
Hmm, it's a (admittedly small) jump to go from that to subscriptions though..
They have wanted to do it for ages now
Where is this? I can't find it on the couple of Ars articles and none of the other sites have said such a thing..
The owner of a file doesn't tend to matter much in the Windows world, only who has Full Control rights to it
For example, what happens if you build a system whose maintenance relies on continued use of that IP after you leave? Are they forced to abandon the system that you built for them as part of your job? Since you could (or should) have known about this in advance, your voluntary use of this IP could possibly- if not probably- be construed as some form of implicit offer and/or agreement. What if they then want to sell that system commercially? What if they *only* want to sell it commercially because it lets them use- and build upon- your IP on the same terms as a work for hire?
You sue them for not having a license!
That seems to be how things work in the big industry world..
Maybe they're not being cheap, they're just expecting the *standard* seats to be the *same standard*?
Supposedly they do - the users there get the choice of running RHEL managed by the company or Fedora managed by themselves..