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NewsForge: Interview: Jon 'maddog' Hall

Oct 21, 2003, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"NewsForge:
Do you often get asked about Microsoft's many 'sponsored' TCO studies that show Windows is a more cost-effective server OS? What do you say in response to those surveys' findings?

"maddog:
I will admit that the TCO studies between Wintel and Lintel are very close. After all, you are dealing with an operating system that normally has its price buried in the system price, and often has the office package bundled too, so it is hard to see what the real prices and costs are. It is much easier to show the TCO cost savings between Lintel and SolSPARC, especially when this TCO cost is usually based on hardware, software and (re)training. If it is like hardware to like hardware and the only difference is the operating system, I can see where people might think that Wintel has a lower TCO..."

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