LinuxInsider: Windows and Linux Struggle for the Enterprise
Sep 19, 2003, 17:00 (14 Talkback[s])
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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..."