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SearchEnterpriseLinux: The TCO Question: Can Linux Beat Microsoft? [Parts 1 and 2]

Mar 03, 2003, 13:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy Kucharik, Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for these links. ]

"Many businesses are embracing Linux because of its reported stability and security, its growing viability and its freedom from licensing fees. But others caution that 'open-source' doesn't necessarily mean 'free,' especially when it comes to paying the staff required to implement and administrate Linux the right way. In a Microsoft-sponsored report, Windows 2000 versus Linux in Enterprise Computing, Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Corp., found that for four out of five corporate IT environments--network infrastructure, print serving, file serving, and security applications--the total cost of ownership (TCO) over a five-year period was 11% to 22% lower with Windows 2000 than with Linux.

"SearchEnterpriseLinux.com interviewed a small group of Linux professionals about some of the critical differences between Linux/open-source and proprietary platforms and software. In their workplaces, these veteran IT pros--Dirk Coetzee of Didata of South Africa, Rodd Clarkson of Redfish, Bluefish Creative of Australia, and Mike O'Donnell of AMD--use a combination of operating systems and applications, including Linux and other open-source applications, HP-UX, Solaris and various Microsoft products. None of their companies were planning to migrate to new platforms or applications this year..."

Complete Story (Part 1)

Complete Story (Part 2)

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