NewsForge: How Useful Are 'Proprietary vs. Open Source' TCO Studies?
Apr 07, 2004, 18:15 (6 Talkback[s])
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"NewsForge: Microsoft has recently been
claiming--loudly--that the total cost of ownership (TCO) for its
Windows server products are lower than the cost of equivalent Linux
and open source software. Is this true?
"Wheeler: Not in the way Microsoft wishes. TCO
is extremely sensitive to a specific circumstance, so a TCO for one
situation doesn't usually apply to other cases. I'm sure that there
are cases where Microsoft's approach has a lower TCO than
alternatives, so in those specific cases it's true. However, there
are also cases where open source software or Linux-based solutions
have a lower TCO. You really have to consider all the costs for
your specific situation, and your results may differ..."