TechWorld: The Truth Behind the Windows/Linux Cost Battle
Sep 20, 2003, 04:00 (15 Talkback[s])
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"On the face of it buying Linux software is cheaper because it
is open-source and Microsoft has a famously pricey licensing system
for its products. However, it is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
that is the important factor. How much does it cost all
in--maintenance, development, training--to run both systems?
"We've had numerous surveys, reports and studies in the past two
years that have pointed first way one and then the other. In fact,
the only thing the reports have had in common is their shameless
bias and careful twisting of scenarios to come out in favour of
their preferred operating system.
"Among such worthy competition, however, last week's study by
Giga Research nevertheless manages to amaze with its sheer bravado.
Even considering it was sponsored by Microsoft..."