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LinuxPlanet: Getting the Real Facts: How to Read an Analyst's Report

Oct 13, 2005, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maria Winslow)

"Microsoft's 'Get the Facts' advertising campaign makes the claim that Windows offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, and backs it up with reports from well-known analysts. But Linux advocates claim that the TCO of Linux is lower, and some other studies back them up. It's time to clear up the confusion.

"In this series of articles, we examine these analyst reports in detail, separating the truth from the hype. But first, a little background is in order.

"Let's start with the basics of TCO, since most of the studies measure it. When we talk about measuring the total cost of ownership, it is important to understand what that measurement will actually tell us. TCO is defined as t he total cost of a particular item over its useful life. It includes the cost of acquisition, maintenance, support, and disposal. In short, it includes everything you will ever spend on the item, and is useful for understanding future costs that may not be apparent at the time of deployment..."

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