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osOpinion: Is Windows Cheaper Than Linux?

Nov 16, 2002, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"It must be frustrating for Microsoft to see its anti-Linux (and anti-open source) arguments dwindling. A few years ago, the Redmond giant could claim Linux was untested and unproven. No longer: Linux has been embraced by virtually every software company besides Microsoft. It's been through the wringer, and come out better for it.

"Microsoft also once could claim that Linux had few applications. While still somewhat true, the number of applications that run on Linux increases every day. Even Microsoft's Office now runs on Linux, thanks to CodeWeavers and Wine.

"When I talked to Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio last week, I asked her if she thought Windows had a lower TCO than Linux. Her response? 'Total cost of ownership [of Linux] is probably higher than most organizations realize, but it's not ultimately higher than Windows. At the end of the day, the Linux companies or corporations don't have to worry that they'll be socked with license fees...'"

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