"Miller also said that Microsoft had found that many
enterprises on the Unix platform who wanted to move to the Intel
platform, which offered greater choice and price performance, did
first think about moving to Linux as it had a common API set and
offered similar administration.
"'There are a lot of compelling reasons to consider Linux, but
we are finding that after the initial research into what it would
take to do the job with Linux versus Windows, many people are
hesitant to jump onto the Linux bandwagon for these long-term
platform decisions,' he said.
"The criteria customers were generally using when considering
migrating were maximizing their existing investments, lowering
costs and minimizing risk ? the criteria that is 'ruling Linux out
of large-scale penetration in the enterprise market as customers
want security about who will be there to support them 10 years down
the line,' Miller said..."