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    Windows cheaper then linux!?! no way

    A Microsoft-commissioned study has found that companies could save up to 28 percent by developing certain programs with Windows instead of Linux, the software company plans to announce on Tuesday.

    The study, conducted by Giga Research and paid for by Microsoft, compared the likely costs over four years for a dozen medium-size and large businesses that were developing Web-based portals. Giga examined the costs of creating a portal using Microsoft's Windows operating system and related development tools as compared with those of Linux-based systems using Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) tools.

    "The primary conclusion of the study is that Microsoft offers a substantial cost advantage over J2EE/Linux as a development platform for the applications considered," Giga analysts wrote in the report, which is set for release on Tuesday. Microsoft plans to use the study's findings in its effort to convince customers that Linux is not necessarily a cheaper alternative to Windows, once all costs have been taken into account.

    "I want to make sure companies have facts in front of them," Martin Taylor, the company's recently appointed general manager of platform strategy, said. "Every time I see a study that says customers think Linux has a total cost-of-ownership advantage, that's a sign people aren't seeing this information." However, critics of the Microsoft-backed study noted the small sample size in the Giga study, which polled just 12 companies, seven of which were running Windows and five of which were running Linux.

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    Linux Guru fingal's Avatar
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    If you based an academic dissertation on a sample size like that you'd be kicked out of university!
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    how in heck can one even say or think that? oo0o0oo man ... what M$ does to my temper is purely amazing. i wonder if CNN or Fox News would ever want to do a study on linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinx
    A Microsoft-commissioned study
    Need I say more?
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    thats only studying certain programmes isnt it? like not all business are going to be developing web based portals arnt they so they are just singling out one aspect, what about all the other things that more business use word processing; m$ office costs 252 and costs nuthin'.
    Thanks v much

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