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eWeek: Get The FUD

Jan 07, 2004, 20:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Microsoft is calling its new anti-Linux ad campaign 'Get the Facts,' but I call it 'Get the FUD.'

"At the heart of the campaign is a new Microsoft web site that provides you with the 'industry case studies, business analysts' reports, and test lab results' to make an intelligent decision between Microsoft's operating systems and Linux. Yeah. Right. And, I'm Bill Gates.

"If you go to the site, the first report up is a 2002 vintage IDC report, which was sponsored by Microsoft, comparing total cost of ownership (TCO) of Windows 2000 to Linux. IDC found that W2K beat out Linux in four out of five common enterprise tasks. This was because 'The cost advantages are driven primarily by Windows' significantly lower costs for IT staffing, generally the largest single component of IT costs...'"

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