Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 16:56 UTC, submitted by Robert
Novell and Ximian Novell might have signed a patent and interoperability deal with Microsoft Corp but it is not about to give up competing with the software giant and last week released a study that suggests its Linux desktop product is better value than Windows Vista. The company's competitive guide compares SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with Windows Vista and claims that the Linux product provides 90% of Vista's functionality and 10% of the price.
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Novell could be half right
by abraxas on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 17:21 UTC
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The costs of running a Windows Vista workstation definitely eclipses Novell's desktop by a wide margin if you include security applications and productivity applications. The only problem I see with Novell's statement is that it is very hard to measure functionality and it could vary widely amongst different users. Novell could provide a complete (100%) replacement for many users (maybe even most users) while for some users it wouldn't even contain 50% of the functionality of Vista. The real issue isn't the OS, it's the applications. Linux provides very good replacements for a lot of Windows applications but there is still some specialty software out there that doesn't have a Linux equivalent.

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