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PlanetIT: What Does It Really Cost To Adopt Linux?

Apr 22, 2001, 16:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Zieger)

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"For many years, Microsoft has made the case that, although Unix costs less, enterprises ultimately pay less when they run Windows servers -- after ease of integration, the ready availability of programming talent, and the cost of appropriate hardware are factored in."

"Now, as Linux gains popularity in corporate settings, that argument is playing itself out again. Linux proponents say that an open-source-based operating system is so much less expensive and effective that it blows Windows out of the water. Windows proponents, meanwhile, still contend that it's better to stick to a known quantity supported by hordes of existing programmers and enterprise users."

"If you're still feeling uncertain about what it will cost to make a Linux play, here's some help. There are a logical series of steps you can take to evaluate the real costs involved in adopting Linux in your enterprise, which I've outlined below."

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