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CNET: Commentary: Making the move to Linux

Sep 01, 2001, 22:00 (37 Talkback[s])
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"Linux is typically not a low-cost alternative when viewed from a total-cost-of-ownership perspective, because it costs more for organizations to support it. We view IBM's commitment to Linux as a major factor in making the operating system a viable alternative that can be reliably and repeatedly installed, operated and managed on enterprise infrastructure.

Microsoft's recent licensing and pricing changes for Windows server deployments make perfect sense--from the point of view of a Microsoft stockholder looking for maximum profits over the next several years. The company is exploiting its commanding market position to extract as much money as possible from its customers.

However, Microsoft's aggressive pricing is driving the momentum of Linux. Enterprise customers are angry about the larger bite that Microsoft is now taking out of their budgets with its latest Client Access License pricing. If a reliable version of Linux can be used on Web servers at a lower total cost of ownership, it will find enterprise customers ready to listen. Whether they truly forsake Windows or simply use Linux as a hedge and negotiating tool against Microsoft's pricing demands, consumers want to have some choice and leverage. On the desktop, of course, aside from technical workstations, there is no vendor support for Linux deployments."

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