Can Replacing Linux with Windows Save Millions?

Dec 09, 2008

A Microsoft study once more tries to prove that a company is clearly better off with Windows as its platform. Our colleagues at the Australian iTWire Magazine have reported back with an analysis to dispute that claim.

What first appears a success story really isn't. There were no real savings involved. Microsoft's study claimed that tool and equipment rental firm Speedy Hire can save 200,000 British pounds per year over five years by switching their systems from Linux to Windows and Microsoft Office.

The article first of all challenged the argument that Windows-based thin clients offered significant hardware cost savings over Linux-based ones. As the article says, "A thin client for Windows might be cheaper than a full-blown desktop PC, but Wyse bills the V50 as the Linux equivalent of the V90, and it is cheaper." Other areas challenged included support costs, software updates and patches, applications, authentication and performance. As the article progressed, the pounds kept dropping off. We wonder what will be left of the one million in five years.

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