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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Face-Off: Microsoft vs. Linux

Jan 14, 2004, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford, Paul Gillin)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Microsoft proponents usually make their cases against enterprise Linux by parroting market research. That's like playing with a stacked deck. Finding market research firms not beholden to Microsoft's big purse is like drawing an ace to complete your royal flush. It's possible, but the odds are against you. For example, recent Microsoft-funded reports by International Data Corp. and Forrester Research's Giga unit found, separately, that Linux costs more in development and total cost of ownership (TCO) than Windows.

"For proof that enterprise Linux outdoes Windows in the ways that matter, the only reliable source is the corporate IT pro who has used both platforms.

"Let's start with a game. Fill in the OS in this IT pro's statement: 'We have ____ systems that have been running for years without a boot...'"

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