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LinuxWorld.com: A strategic comparison of Windows vs. Unix

Oct 24, 2001, 11:40 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)
"Most of the Windows versus Unix debate has been cast in terms of which is technically better or which is cheaper, but the real question is, 'Under what circumstances is it smarter to pick one technology rather than the other?'

We examine two different scenarios in an attempt to find when it's smarter to choose Unix or Windows.

1. In scenario 1, a college administrator chooses Unix or Windows for a 500-student system.

2. In scenario 2, the board of a 5,000-user manufacturing company looks at that same decision.

Under each scenario, we examine some of the direct and indirect consequences of the decision. We consider, for example, the impact the college's decision has on parental support costs for students as well as the more obvious costs to the college. At the manufacturing company, we look at costs, productivity, and visit the board's decision on the CIO's role."

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