June 23, 2003

Linux and Microsoft (Yet Again)

I looked through a whole series of presentations from a Microsoft EMEA briefing on Linux. Little chance of discovering positive Linux perspectives in
it, but it was interesting in many ways. Microsoft is claiming a better TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) for Windows than Linux (on the server), based on
several studies. It reminded me of the TCO figures I used to see for IBM mainframe (3270 dumb terminals) against PCs. From what I remember, the
application costs were always lower on the mainframe, usually very much lower, primarily because PC support costs so much. But that was never the
point.

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