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internetnews.com: Research Under Fire in Microsoft/Linux Debate

Jan 09, 2004, 20:30 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Wagner)

"Supporters of the popular open source operating system kernel cried foul this week when Microsoft rolled out research reports that it commissioned from research firms IDC, Giga Research and the META Group that questioned total cost of ownership (TCO) of the open source operating system.

"In the process, analysts involved with the reports are under fire over the reports, including one more than a year old, that say Windows enterprise server environments are less expensive to maintain than comparable Linux setups.

"The reports are the linchpin of a new marketing strategy at Microsoft, 'Get the Facts on Windows and Linux,' designed to deflect interest in the growing popularity of Linux as an end-to-end enterprise platform..."

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