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CIN: Linux TCO: Less Than Half The Cost of Windows

Oct 08, 2002, 14:59 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)

"The cost of running Linux is roughly 40% that of Microsoft Windows, and only 14% that of Sun Microsystem's Solaris, according to a new study which examined the actual costs of running various operating systems over three years.

"The study, by the Robert Frances Group, in Westport, Conn., looked at production deployments of Web servers running on the three operating systems at 14 Global 2000 enterprises.

"Linux cost $74,475 over three years, while a Windows deployment cost $190,662 and one on Solaris $561,520.

"Most of the savings with Linux come from software licensing fees. Companies will typically purchase commercial versions of Linux for pilot projects, says Robert Frances Group senior research analyst Chad Robinson, and download free versions off the Web for production deployments..."

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