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iTweb: There's Something Fishy/Fantastic About Freeware

Jan 18, 2003, 05:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacques Loubser, Shaun Dewberry)

There's Something Fishy About Freeware

"While many users try to measure the operating system in medium to large organisations purely on the cost per desktop by product, owning a desktop environment has costs that far outweigh that of the associated licensing.

"Installation is one of the first issues businesses stumble across. After organisations find their free-to-buy software they need somebody to install it. While it's not at all difficult to find someone who can put Microsoft's Windows 2000 on a server for the organisation, it can be a little more difficult to have someone to put Red Hat version 7.2 on the same device.

"And that's where the true cost of an operating system begins to creep in..."

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There's Something Fantastic About Freeware

"Mr Loubser seems to have rehashed a survey that was conducted at the end of last year by the IDC group. The study was a Microsoft sponsored study. We all know how business works--those paying the bills get the most say. Nobody owns Linux, so nobody has to pay anyone to praise it.

"Other independent studies have shown that the total cost of ownership with Linux is reduced by the fact that a skilled administrator for linux on average could handle 44 machines in his daily workload. His Microsoft counterpart only managed to look after 10 machines..."

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