"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