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Personal Computer World: IDC's 'Windows beats Linux' Claim Slammed

Dec 09, 2002, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Williams)

"A new white paper from analyst IDC has reported that Windows 2000 represents a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux over a five-year period...

"But some resellers were scornful of the report, which represented staffing costs as 62.2 per cent of the total and showed Linux staff as 30 per cent more expensive.

"Simon Welch, group marketing manager at Sun Unix and Linux systems distributor Clarity Distribution, said: 'You can dress figures up any way you like. But certainly for Windows licensing there's an ongoing expense...'

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