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osOpinion: Microsoft's Ugly Little Registration Bug

May 01, 2003, 04:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Microsoft has been bragging lately about its total cost of ownership, claiming that its OS is actually cheaper in the long run than Linux. This is despite the fact that Linux carries no licensing fees and Microsoft's products carry very steep licensing fees.

"Some people buy into this idea on the assumption that Linux can be more difficult to administer--that is, not all of Linux's services come with wizards or GUI checkboxes to administer. Apparently, if there's thinking involved, the system must be much more expensive.

"But Microsoft doesn't speak about the other costs that come native to Windows that you won't find with Linux, aside from Redmond's hefty license fees: that is, the extra administrative cost of a notoriously insecure, buggy and unstable operating system..."

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