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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Multiply your hours spent on tweaking linux system, and solving intricate config files for working camera, printer, scanner etc etc. consider average base rate of 1hr = $10. What is your real cost?

I don't think you read the article. We're talking about business here not home use. All your examples are poor because they work out of the box on Suse.

Consider your time spent, on that Novell or Ubuntu box in your basement, in isolation, away from wife, kids, other little pleasures because you want to get that damn scanner or wifi card configured for your new shiny kernel 2.xx or KDE 4.xx. You will realize when your wife leaves you seeing that you have married to that linux box.

Again it would have helped if you read the article. This isn't comparing Windows with Linux, it's comparing Vista to Novell Desktop. The article is also focused on business use, not home use.

Consider cost of getting free windows programs(which is myth in linux community, how can be a windows program is free) examples firefox, OO, avast antivirus,, comodo firewall, adware, spybot, spywareblaster, GIMP, picasa, and thousands other to secure your windows machine and you will never have to look for paid program. Windows is costly-is the FUD by linux zealots.
This is link to get BEST FREEWARE UTILITIES for windoes machine.

You won't find freeware utilities on enterprise desktops. You will however, find free (GPL free) enterprise level applications on enterprise desktops from Suse. Besides most of the applications you mention are antivirus or antispyware. Linux doesn't need those for the desktop. The security provided by AppArmor exceeds that of the security applications you mention by an order of magnitude.

ALL YOUR HARDWARE, PERIPHERALS WORKS and INSTALLS in less that 10 minutes on windows machine.....

In a business environment this makes no sense. All hardware is bought with support in mind. All installs are done from images, not an individual basis.

If you ignore the fact that we are talking about businesses, it is obvious that you have never installed Windows and all its peripherals before. Windows can be a hassle unless you have OEM recovery discs or images. HP printer drivers alone take 30+ minutes to install. SATA HDDs aren't supported by an OEM Windows install disk. From my own experience I have found it much easier to install Linux on a computer than Windows. I never had to track down drivers. Almost everything worked out of the box and the few drivers that weren't on the install disc for my distribution were available through the package manager.

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