"But the vast majority of desktop users perform basic
functions using general-purpose software. Keeping in mind the
majority of users who mainly need general-purpose software on the
desktop, I was curious as to the overall cost and functional
differences between a general-purpose Red Hat Linux workstation and
a general-purpose Windows 2000 Professional desktop.
For my small-business desktop experiment, I compared two
identically equipped desktop systems--one running Red Hat Deluxe
Linux Workstation and the other running Windows 2000 Professional
(see chart). Running the Linux workstation was seven times less
expensive than running the equally outfitted Windows desktop.
With the exception of my project scheduling software, every
other piece of software on my Linux workstation was a commercially
available product. That meant that I could order training and
support to keep my staff up to date."