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LinuxInsider: Windows and Linux Struggle for the Enterprise

Sep 19, 2003, 17:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene J. Koprowski)

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Conventional wisdom in the computing world suggests that Linux must be less expensive than Windows because it is available, at least in most cases, for free. Meanwhile, prevailing opinion also suggests that Linux is more secure than Microsoft's server software--largely because Microsoft has been in the news so much with announcements about exploitable vulnerabilities.

"But analysts and developers say that those opinions are largely unfounded, and that total cost of ownership (TCO) must be considered before a reasoned decision can be made about whether to adopt one or the other of these competing technologies.

"While many in the industry have focused on the technology alone--including security and reliability issues--TCO includes much more than software. Support costs, integration issues, application compatibility and staffing are all issues to consider when choosing to deploy Linux or Windows..."

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