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osOpinion: Will Microsoft Ever Give Us a Tax Break?

Feb 25, 2001, 18:11 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stanislav Kelman)

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"So, can you really escape paying a licensing fee to "Da Man" when you buy one of the above mentioned Linux systems? Let's find out!

"To answer this question, I first tried to configure two identical mid-range Dell Dimension 4100 systems, one with Windows Me and the other with Linux. It turned out that it didn't matter which OS I chose, but US$1,539 would buy me the following: Intel PIII 933MHz, 256MB SDRAM, 20GB hard drive, 48x CD-ROM, SoundBlaster 64V, 3Com Ethernet, 19" FD Trinitron monitor, and Harman/Kardon speakers."

"However, the Linux machine comes with "no bundled software installed," while the Windows configuration sports Microsoft Office 2000 SBE, Norton AntiVirus 2001, Trellix Web, and NetObjects 5.0."

"In other words, I would pay the same amount of cash for freeware Linux as I would for Windows Me with a boatload of commercial software. Obviously, this money is not going to Red Hat, so the only feasible explanation is that Microsoft still gets a licensing fee regardless of whether or not a user chooses its software."

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