January 28, 2002

Rebuttal to IDC/Red Hat report: Linux 80 percent cheaper than Unix

Author: JT Smith

Paul Murpy writes: "I've drafted a rebuttal -attached. It's also available on my
website as: http://www.winface.com/idc.html." From his story: "On that basis the bare bones cost comparison is a no brainer: Unix wins easily. The issue there isn't whether Unix is cheaper -- that's a
gimme -- the issue is whether it's smarter and that depends mainly on what you do with it. Is Linux on Intel smarter than Windows on
Intel? For most Linux applications that's a comparison between a cheap and highly reliable system on one side and Windows on the
other -- not exactly a difficult choice."


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