"I'm amazed. For the first time in recent memory, I find myself
in total agreement with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. According to
published accounts of the Microsoft Fusion 2002 conference, Mr.
Ballmer said, 'We haven't figured out how to be lower-priced than
"There it is. Finally, the acknowledgment from Microsoft that
Linux is a lower-cost solution. But does that make Linux a better
"Well, I'm sure Mr. Ballmer will insist that Microsoft has a
better value proposition. But what are some of the cost elements
that IT management needs to examine to find out...?"