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Paul Murphy/Winface.com: RE: IDC Declares Linux 80% Cheaper Than Unix

Jan 28, 2002, 16:22 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)
"Lets recognize that Linux, BSD, Darwin, Solaris, Tru64, and Unixware are all Unix varients. The right comparison isn't between Unix and Linux; it's between all of Unix, including Linux, and the range of Microsoft Windows products.

On that basis the bare bones cost comparison is a no brainer: Unix wins easily. The issue there isn't whether Unix is cheaper -that's a gimme- the issue is whether it's smarter and that depends mainly on what you do with it. Is Linux on Intel smarter than Windows on Intel? For most Linux applications that's a comparison between a cheap and highly reliable system on one side and Windows on the other - not exactly a difficult choice. Is Unix on SPARC a smarter choice than Windows Advanced Server on a couple of rackmounts of little machines? That's the same question, with the same answer, just on a different scale.

Getting people to make smarter choices means getting them to make informed choices. That's hard, most people are deeply resistant to new information and eager to grab onto anything, however dishonest, that supports not changing their opinions. That, more than anything else, is what's wrong with this IDC report - that Red Hat would sponsor something so distructive [sic] of the Linux/Unix community it relies on for commercial success."

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