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TechWorld: The Truth Behind the Windows/Linux Cost Battle

Sep 20, 2003, 04:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kieren McCarthy)


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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..."

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