"The most basic, and traditional, Wintel vs Lintel TCO
comparison argued that since the hardware is the same, everything
comes down to the cost of the OS and applications licenses--all of
which are free for Lintel and expensive for Wintel.
"This drew many different responses, but the two main trends I
saw among independent experts working for Microsoft or IBM on this
was to base headlined results either on assuming away the problem
by comparing only non Lintel alternatives or on precise foreground
calculations performed on numbers obtained by guessing high on one
side and low on the other..."