January 15, 2006
GNU/Linux vs Microsoft on Research & Development: What's the Truth?
A recent Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine article, Winning the Linux Wars, suggested that Microsoft invests more than $6 billion (USD) in research and development. Rich Freeman, the article's author, reveals some of the arguments Microsoft partners make in trying to keep customers from jumping the Microsoft ship. One of the alleged selling points is the investment in R&D that Microsoft makes. That raises a couple of questions. Just how does Microsoft's R&D investment stack up against the libre software community's investment in R&D? Is Microsoft's investment well spent, or simply a waste?