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eWeek: Microsoft: How to Catch a Linux Migrator

Apr 25, 2002, 14:30 (41 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)
"Miller also said that Microsoft had found that many enterprises on the Unix platform who wanted to move to the Intel platform, which offered greater choice and price performance, did first think about moving to Linux as it had a common API set and offered similar administration.

"'There are a lot of compelling reasons to consider Linux, but we are finding that after the initial research into what it would take to do the job with Linux versus Windows, many people are hesitant to jump onto the Linux bandwagon for these long-term platform decisions,' he said.

"The criteria customers were generally using when considering migrating were maximizing their existing investments, lowering costs and minimizing risk ? the criteria that is 'ruling Linux out of large-scale penetration in the enterprise market as customers want security about who will be there to support them 10 years down the line,' Miller said..."

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