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ARNnet: Analysts Join Microsoft on Linux Cost Warning

Oct 30, 2002, 01:00 (54 Talkback[s])
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"It seems that it isn't only Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who believes that the cost of using open-source operating system Linux over commercial OSes is greatly underestimated...

"The criticism comes at a time when several Federal Government departments have begun deploying Linux in their back office, while several of the country's largest corporations are trialling both Linux and the StarOffice suite.

"But analyst organisation Meta Group has come to the defence of its commercial vendor sponsors, claiming that Linux may be 'free' but it certainly comes at a price..."

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