"Supporters of the popular open source operating system kernel
cried foul this week when Microsoft rolled out research reports
that it commissioned from research firms IDC, Giga Research and the
META Group that questioned total cost of ownership (TCO) of the
open source operating system.
"In the process, analysts involved with the reports are under
fire over the reports, including one more than a year old, that say
Windows enterprise server environments are less expensive to
maintain than comparable Linux setups.
"The reports are the linchpin of a new marketing strategy at
Microsoft, 'Get the Facts on Windows and Linux,' designed to
deflect interest in the growing popularity of Linux as an
end-to-end enterprise platform..."